GOP lawmakers seek to declare $22T national debt a security threat
Congressional Republicans plan to introduce resolutions on Tuesday to declare the nation’s debt – which topped $22 trillion earlier this month – a security threat ahead of this week’s debt-ceiling deadline.
“We introduced this resolution because the United States is racing towards a fiscal cliff,” Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., who is sponsoring the legislation, said. “Congress is taking few measures to solve this problem, and it is beyond time for our colleagues in both chambers to become serious about balancing the nation’s budget and recognize this issue as a threat to our national security.”
A similar resolution was introduced last year on the House side, but this time sponsors were able to get some support from Senate colleagues. Biggs has been working with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga. — a vocal advocate for addressing the debt who even has a debt clock in his office — on a similar resolution in the upper chamber.
“The single greatest threat to our national security is our national debt, and it’s time Washington comes to grips with that reality,” Perdue told Fox News. “This month, our national debt topped $22 trillion. This news should have sounded alarms throughout Washington, but bureaucrats and career politicians didn’t even blink an eye.”
The House resolution aims to not only recognize the debt as a national security crisis, but also restore so-called “regular order” to the appropriations process and address the “fiscal crisis,” according to text of the bill provided to Fox News. The bill has 37 original co-sponsors, and Perdue is still looking for co-sponsors in the Senate.
The measure comes as the debt-ceiling deadline looms in Washington once again, though this time the March 1 deadline isn’t sounding alarm bells. The Treasury Department is expected to use available cash on hand to fund the government through the summer, allowing lawmakers to avoid the debt fight this time around, according to analysis from the Bipartisan Policy Center.
“Congress has bought itself quite a bit of breathing room with this most recent suspension,” Shai Akabas, BPC’s director of economic policy, said in a statement earlier this month. “But that doesn’t mean lawmakers should ignore the debt limit until the next critical deadline.”
Republicans, many of whom were elected on fiscal issues and a commitment to addressing the national debt, have been accused of hypocrisy now that a member of their own party is in the White House. Even in their own ranks, members have accused party leadership of abandoning fiscal principles.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., admonished his fellow members last year over the budget and spending increases. His opposition actually led to a short government shutdown.
“If you were against President Obama’s deficits and now you’re for the Republican deficits isn’t that the very definition of hypocrisy?” Paul said on the Senate floor last year. “Don’t you remember when Republicans howled to high heaven that President Obama was spending us into the gutter, spending us into oblivion?”
Leaders in the national security community have also made their concerns known about the massive debt. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats listed the debt as a national security concern last year in a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“This situation is unsustainable as I think we all know and represents a dire threat to our economic and national security,” Coats said.
Whether the new resolutions will bring the debt issue to the political forefront again remains unclear, but sponsors of the resolutions say it is one they remain committed to addressing.
“Ultimately, the debt impacts our ability to fund priorities, like providing our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to protect Americans,” Perdue said. “This debt crisis will only get worse, and if we don’t act now, our country will lose the ability to do the right thing.”
MAGA list: 205 ‘historic results’ help Trump make case for 2020 re-election
By Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
December 31, 2018
At two years into his first term, President Trump and his top White House team are turning to the 2020 re-election campaign with a new focus on the 2016 promises they have kept and the impact they have had around the country and on the world stage.
“Together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America,” said Trump in his new list of “historic results,” provided exclusively to Washington Secrets.
The Trump Results List
IGNITING A HISTORIC ECONOMIC BOOM: President Trump’s pro-growth policies are unleashing economic growth and providing opportunities to workers across the country.
- Due to President Trump’s pro-growth policies, real gross domestic product (GDP) growth exceeded 3 percent over the last four quarters.
- Real GDP grew at annual rates of 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2018 and 4.2 percent in the second quarter.
- More than 4.6 million jobs have been created since President Trump’s election and the unemployment rate remains at 3.7 percent, the lowest rate in nearly 50 years.
Read more in The Washington Examiner.
Sen. Perdue hosts breakfast with Morehouse President
Cindy Morley, InsiderAdvantage
December 5, 2018
U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) kicked off the week by hosting a roundtable in Atlanta, bringing together Georgia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and state business leaders to discuss the state’s future workforce.
Senator Perdue is a member of the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus. He hosted the breakfast roundtable discussion with Dr. David A. Thomas, President of Morehouse College, and a number of Georgia business leaders.
Roundtable attendees included Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche North America, Steve Hennessey of Hennessey Auto, presidents of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and senior leadership from UPS, Aflac, and 1908 Capital.
“Morehouse is one of the top five HBCUs in the country, and I’m proud of the work they do to develop young men into tomorrow’s leaders,” said Senator Perdue.
“As a member of the HBCU Caucus, one of my top priorities is increasing engagement between the business community and our education centers. By working together, we can build a more diverse and qualified workforce, while providing students with the mentorship and support they need to succeed.”
Perdue went on to say that he felt they had an “open and candid conversation” between President Thomas and Georgia business leaders.
“I appreciate everyone coming to the table to share their insight and ideas, and I am encouraged about the future of Morehouse and its contributions to Georgia and our country,” Sen. Perdue added.
“I am appreciative of the personal support Senator Perdue has shown me since I arrived in Atlanta to become President of Morehouse College,” said President Thomas. “Monday’s hosted breakfast with members of the business community was just one more example of his commitment to seeing Morehouse and the entire Atlanta University Center thrive.”
It’s with great gratitude that I’m writing to you in support and commendation of U.S. Sen. David Perdue. In a day and age where true servant-leadership is hard to find, I couldn’t be more thankful that our senator, David Perdue, is an incredible exception to the worrisome political landscape.
Since taking office two years ago, Perdue has truly put the people’s best interests firsts, working on behalf of Georgians and Americans with the utmost integrity and character. He has provided explanations for his voting record, upheld the promises he made during his campaign, and fought for legislation that will better the lives of Georgians. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Perdue is working to increase communication and coordination between all levels of government to bolster our defense systems. Just last week, Perdue announced a new bipartisan legislation that will improve cyber security for local and state governments, demonstrating that he is engaged and working to address relevant challenges we are facing.
Perdue is trustworthy, sincere, and hard-working, and as Georgia’s Republican national committeewoman, I couldn’t be more grateful and proud to be able to call him one of our leaders. He has done his best to vote and represent the people of our state with transparency and determination, and I’m confident of the good things his office will continue to do for Georgians in the years to come.
Read the full letter at The Northside Neighbor.
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