Perdue, the deficit hawk, votes for bill that would add $1.5 trillion to deficit

If there’s one thing Sen. David Perdue really hates, it’s the federal deficit.

When he was first running for the Senate in 2014, Perdue emphasized the need to reduce the deficit and move towards a balanced federal budget.

“The crushing national debt has surpassed $17 trillion,”  Perdue said at the time. “We must act now to rein it in before it becomes unsustainable.”

Perdue has continued to rail against increases in the deficit since going to Washington.

“Our debt crisis is directly impacting our ability to protect our nation and project power around the world,” Perdue said last year. “This puts in jeopardy our very ability to deal with these global threats as they come up every day — and believe me, they’re coming up every day.”

“The debt, honestly, and this is no embellishment, the debt I believe is the greatest threat to our national security and even our very way of life,” Perdue said.

His Senate website even includes an app that provides a running update on increases in the national debt.

Late Thursday night, the Senate voted on a budget bill that was intended to be a procedural step towards voting on a tax cut bill later this year.

Among other things, the budget bill would add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade to help pay for the tax cuts, which would primarily benefit the country’s wealthiest taxpayers.

Surely, after everything he’s said about the dangers of the rising deficit, Perdue would vote against a bill that adds $1.5 trillion more to the deficit.

He did not. Perdue was one of 51 Republican senators who voted to pass the bill, described in one account as a measure that “authorizes lawmakers to blow a gaping hole in the deficit.”

When questioned about Perdue’s contradictory vote, his office contended that the vote was simply a procedural matter intended to pave the way for a vote on the tax bill.

“This is strictly just a messaging vote,” said Perdue spokesperson Lesley Fulop. “It’s just a way to get to tax reform.”

Perdue released a statement after his vote blaming everything on a “broken” budgeting process.

 In order for the federal government to have the ability to act on our national priorities, we must solve the debt crisis,” Perdue said. “To solve the debt crisis, we have to fix our budget process. Job one is getting the economy going, and the economy will move if we get this tax deal done. It’s as simple as that.”

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