Editorial: Perdue pushes peers on funding
The Savannah Morning News Editorial Board
Retailers know one way to spur consumers to action during the holiday season is to note Christmas Day’s rapid approach.
In that spirit, Georgia Sen. David Perdue is reminding his fellow lawmakers that there only 20 legislative days left until the next government shutdown.
Perdue flew back to Washington, D.C., on Monday, stopping for a visit with this publication’s editorial board en route to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. The looming deadline was foremost on his mind, and his concerns went beyond avoiding another petty, partisan stare down such as the one that partially closed the government for 35 days earlier this year.
Perdue, a first-term Republican, will insist legislators consider passing new budget measures rather than continuing resolutions. The latter is a stopgap measure, maintaining appropriations at the same levels as the previous fiscal year, and the fallout would significantly impact the Savannah region.
Continuing resolutions would delay funding committed to the Savannah harbor deepening and for area military programs for a year, Perdue said. President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed substantial funding increases for those projects, including $130 million to finish dredging the shipping channel.
“We need to move forward,” Perdue said. “Nobody should go home until a budget deal is done.”