WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Senator David Perdue Delivers Powerful Speech On Racial Equality, Police Reform
ATLANTA, GA – Yesterday, U.S. Senator David Perdue delivered a powerful speech calling for bipartisan support for the JUSTICE Act, a bill that increases funding for law enforcement and provides meaningful solutions to build trust between police services and the communities they serve. Senator Perdue reflected on his Middle Georgia upbringing and recent tragedies across the country. Here’s some of the news coverage:
Senator Perdue Reflects On His Middle Georgia Upbringing & Pushes Bipartisan Support For JUSTICE Act
U.S. Sen. David Perdue spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday about racism, his Middle Georgia upbringing and why he believes Democrats should not block a vote on the GOP policing bill.
Perdue, who is standing for a second term in November, said he recognizes his experiences as a white man contrasts with the Black people he knows, including two grandmothers he referenced.
“We talked about how their perspective and my perspective differed and how we saw each other in this crisis, but the most telling thing in that conversation was how they told me their No. 1 concern was for their grandsons and how their grandsons would be treated by members of the police force in their communities,” Perdue said, adding, “This issue is personal to me.”
Perdue and other Republicans urged Democrats to keep their bill, the Justice ACT, alive so that they could work on amendments. He mentioned but didn’t elaborate that he agrees the measure needs more teeth, and his office said this bill is currently Perdue’s top priority.
Fox 5: Senator Perdue Supports Increased Law Enforcement Funding, Solutions To Build Trust In Communities
Yesterday, Senate Democrats voted against a reform bill written by Republicans. It’s called the JUSTICE Act. It increases funding for law enforcement and offers solutions to build trust between the police and communities. U.S. Senator David Perdue spoke on the Senate floor yesterday defending the measure.
Senator Perdue: “This issue is personal to me. Growing up in Middle Georgia in the 1960s, I’ve seen the devastation of racism, discrimination, a lack of equality, prejudice. I know I can never fully appreciate the pain and adversity that many African Americans have faced in my lifetime and still face today.”
Senator David Perdue spoke on the Senate floor to reflect on recent events in America and urge bipartisan support for the JUSTICE Act, which increases funding for law enforcement and offers meaningful solutions to build trust between police forces and communities they serve.
Senator Perdue: “We need to make sure that the fundamental issue of fairness is upheld by all law enforcement agencies, so everyone gets treated equally and fairly, period. The tragedies we’ve seen are unacceptable…Those who were responsible need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and we need to put a full stop to it right now.”