03/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/14/2019 15:11
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), joined several Georgia radio stations to discuss President Trump's national emergency declaration, disaster relief for Georgia farmers, and President Trump's recommendation of full funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) in FY2020.
Explosion in Illegal Drug Trafficking: 'I used to live in Texas, and I'm very familiar with the valley area down there. A few weeks ago, I went down to the border. I actually went out on patrol with our border patrol agents in the McAllen district which spans about 250 miles in South Texas. What I saw there stunned me. I was prepared to see illegal immigration traffic but what I wasn't prepared for was this explosion in drug traffic across that border.'
Five-Alarm Crisis: 'Fentanyl is up 73% from last year. It endangers our communities and our kids. This is a five-alarm crisis in my view, and the President is well within his rights to stand up and protect America.'
Message to Georgia Farmers: 'My message to the farmers of Georgia is don't lose heart. The President has got their back. He is doing everything he can to get through this obstructionism here on one side in the Senate and the House. We're not going to give up until we get that aid for our farmers.'
Full Capability Funding For Savannah Harbor: 'The Savannah Port is the third-largest and fastest growing port in the country. It's the only port in the country that exports more than it imports, and it has the best economic return of any Army Corps of Engineers port project in the country. I used to be on the Georgia Ports Authority, and I know imminently what SHEP will do for Georgia. President Trump's recommendation of full funding for this year is a huge step toward getting this project finished. The President is living up to his word and building infrastructure that really makes a difference.'
Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.