Sen. David Perdue calls ‘Schumer Showdown’ exercise ‘ridiculous’

Sen. David A. Perdue Jr. (R.-Ga.) ({Photo courtesy of Perdue's official's Facebook page)

The only Fortune 500 CEO in the Senate dismissed the government shutdown that ended Monday as a worthless exercise.

“It is ridiculous that we were ever in the Schumer Shutdown in the first place,” said Sen. David A. Perdue Jr. (R.-Ga.). “I’m glad to see that Senate Democrats came to their senses and stopped this nonsense.”

Perdue, who was the CEO of both Dollar General and Reebok, said he was not sure what the Senate Democrats, led by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D.-N.Y.), were trying to accomplish.

“It is frustrating that this is the same proposal that was offered to them days ago before they decided to shut down the government over immigration,” he said.

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“Senate Democrats took their political stunt a step too far since a majority of Americans support funding the federal government over continuing the DACA program,” he said.

Perdue has complained about the budget process, since he started to campaign for the seat in 2014.

“Clearly, Congress’ budget process is a complete failure. It has only worked four times in the past 43 years, and given the current political dynamics it will never work,” he said. “Tying important policy decisions to the funding process is the reason we end up in these damaging situations.”

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Neil W. McCabe is a Washington-based political journalist and editor. Before joining Big League Politics, he was the Capitol Hill correspondent for Breitbart News, where he also led Breitbart's political polling operation and wrote up the Breitbart-Gravis polls. McCabe's other positions include the One America News DC Bureau Chief, a senior reporter at Human Events and a staff reporter at The Pilot, Boston's Catholic paper. McCabe also was the editor of The Somerville News, The (North Cambridge, Mass.) Alewife and served as an Army combat historian in Iraq. His 2013 e-book The Unfriendly Skies examined how the American airline industry went from deregulation in the late 1970s to come full circle to the highly-regulated, highly-taxed industry it is today.


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