Trump: “I will never sign another bill like this again”
March 23, 2018
President Trump said he has signed the 2,232-page omnibus spending bill — but warns he will never do this again.
“There are a lot of things we shouldn’t have had in this bill but we were, in a sense, forced if we want to build our military, we were forced to have,” Trump said.
“There are some things we should have in the bill. But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again.”
Read more in CNN.
Meet Trump’s favorite senator — the man he calls before dawn and after midnight and has given one of his ‘highest accolades’
- David Perdue never held political office prior to becoming a senator from Georgia, serving as a CEO of major companies like Reebok.
- Perdue maintains a strong and candid relationship with President Donald Trump.
- Perdue serves as a bridge between Senate leaders and the president, who have strikingly different approaches to policy.
Before Donald Trump, there was David Perdue.
Perdue, a Georgia Republican, became the first Fortune 500 CEO elected to the Senate. While making a name for himself helming companies like Reebok and discount store chain Dollar General, he worked on every continent on the planet except for Antarctica.
Like the president, Perdue had no experience in public office prior to his 2014 election to the Senate. But, similarly to Trump, he is no stranger to the political scene. And, much like Trump, Perdue believes the Washington, DC, system is broken.
“As a business guy, we have a point in commonality,” Perdue said in a recent interview with Business Insider. “Number one, all we want is results. He’s not an ideologue. He has not been up here in the Washington bubble for all these years, fighting these partisan wars. He just wants to get results. I just want to get results.”
Perdue was among a group of Republican lawmakers invited to the White House shortly after Trump’s inauguration, though he was the odd man out.
The March 1 meeting included six of the highest-ranking Republican members of the House and Senate. And then there was Perdue, a first-term senator with no rank or authority in the GOP.
“The purpose of that I think, was to emphasize that I was another business guy that understood that his first priority was getting the economy going again — I had thoughts about that,” Perdue recalled of the meeting. “He and I disagreed on some things. He came in and wanted to do a lot of tariffs. We kind of put the other point on that. I argued against the border adjustment tax and was successful keeping it from becoming law. So the president and I have a very good relationship, but it’s one that we have directed toward an end result.”
But Perdue is no interloper. He has functioned as a bridge between the White House and Congress at a time when Trump’s relationships with lawmakers can be highly volatile.
“I feel like I’m brokering the president’s agenda in the Senate and I hope I’m developing confidence within the Senate that I don’t really speak unless I have something to say and that’s worked for me,” he said.
Read the full story at Business Insider.
Perdue Fires Warning Shot
By Joe Williams, Roll Call
The pending tax overhaul may be the ultimate test of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s future as the Republican leader in the chamber. And one person who will be watching closely is Sen. David Perdue.
The Georgia Republican fired a shot across McConnell’s bow on Thursday, before sharply criticizing three of his Republican colleagues who joined with Democrats to help sink the GOP health care bill.
“The way you evaluate leadership over time is results, and that’s all I can say. If you continue to not get results then you have to evaluate it,” he said when asked about McConnell’s future and the tax bill during an interview for C-SPAN’s Newsmakers.
But Perdue reserved his harshest words for Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and John McCain of Arizona, all of whom chair Senate committees and voted against the GOP legislation to overhaul the 2010 health care law.
“You have a leadership issue, but you also have a membership issue,” Perdue said. “The Republican Party does not have as much control over chairman as the Democratic caucus does. The rules are different.”
His criticisms are not new. Shortly after the health care bill failed in dramatic fashion on the Senate floor, Perdue, referencing the trio, released a statement in which he blasted the “complete lack of Congressional leadership and … accountability to get results.”
And while he is not prepared to call for their removal from those posts, Perdue does believe that there should be consequences for bucking the party.
“We need to have more recourse,” he said.
While Perdue recognizes senators have a vow to their constituents, he said that some people “put their self-interests in front of the national interest” on the health care legislation.
“As a group, leadership of the Republican party in the Senate decided earlier this year that we would do this this way. They chose reconciliation, they chose not to go in a committee, and everyone pretty much agreed with that,” he said. “Later in the day, as we got on these bills, we saw a few chairmen go sideways.”
Asked whether he would be interested in pursuing a Senate leadership role, Perdue sidestepped the question.
“We have a leader, we have leadership,” Perdue said. “That’s my only priority, to get results for this president.”
Read more at Roll Call.
If you missed my interview on The Laura Ingraham Show, we discussed President Trump’s UN address, health care, and why the RAISE Act should be included in any fix to our country’s immigration system. Listen in below!
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