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