Senator David Perdue Talks SCHOOL Act, COVID-19 Relief with Gwinnett Daily Post
Last week, U.S. Senator David Perdue spoke with the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Curt Yeomans about the SCHOOL Act, his work on the next round of COVID-19 relief, and other topics. Read his full interview here.
On the SCHOOL Act:
“The perspective is my mom and dad were school teachers and they believed the best decision for that child’s education was made at the local level between the parent, the teacher and the administrators, and I agree with that,” Perdue said. “I don’t want the federal government dictating how schools open, when they open, do they do it virtually or do they do it in person.
“[The SCHOOL Act] is a thing we can do at the federal level to try to help,” Perdue said. “Whether they’re opening virtually or in person or a hybrid, we wanted to give them some help so we put a grant in there. My act had about $53 billion for PPE (personal protective equipment), testing and other health related issues that would make us feel safer about sending our kids back to school.”
On Putting Georgians First in COVID-19 Relief Negotiations:
“We’re learning everyday about this virus. We are taking it very seriously and we’re going to be ready if this thing comes around another time because we put a lot of money, $16 billion, to beef up our strategic reserve for PPE and testing.”
Perdue said there have been ongoing meetings about SCHOOL Act, and a broader COVID-19 stimulus package.
“We’re debating this every day. We’re on phone calls every morning at 8 a.m. We have phone calls during the day. We’re continuing to negotiate this thing and with what I’ve been doing on the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act that we’re trying to get in there to help provide more nurses and doctors for our hospitals, and also the SCHOOL Act, as you can imagine we’re right in the middle of those negotiations trying to get the best outcome for the people of Georgia.”