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By: Stephen Allison. Stephen Allison is a senior advisor of Americans for Prosperity Action.
It’s important for voters to feel like they can trust their elected officials. But what might be even more important is having elected officials who trust their constituents.
In David Perdue, we have both.
From health care to taxes to veterans’ issues, Perdue has shown that he trusts the people of Georgia to make their own decisions, without someone from Washington telling them what to do.
On veterans’ issues, Perdue championed reforms to address the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs that was preventing our veterans from getting the quality health care they deserve.
“We have a solemn charge to provide our veterans with the upmost respect and best care our country has to offer,” Perdue wrote on Veterans Day in 2017. “For years the federal government failed to keep that promise. It is an open secret that the total lack of accountability at the VA jeopardized the ability of veterans to get timely and quality care.”
He was a strong supporter of the VA MISSION Act, passed in 2018, which will dramatically expand access to care by giving more veterans more choices about where they can get the care they need.
Perdue applied the same philosophy of expanding options to health care for all Americans.
He supported protecting access to short-term, limited-duration insurance plans, which are often much less expensive than the plans offered through Obamacare. These plans will now give Georgians new options with lower costs and access to the best doctors.
Perdue also supported historic right-to-try legislation, making it easier for patients facing life-threatening conditions to obtain potentially lifesaving treatments.
When it comes to taxes, again Sen. Perdue showed that he trusts Georgians.
He was a key leader in passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which helped jump-start the economy and cut taxes for two-thirds of Americans, letting them keep more of the money they earn to spend, save and invest as they see fit. Perdue made sure that poison pills – such as the Border Adjustment Tax – didn’t tank the opportunity for this significant reform, and now Georgians are reaping the benefits.
“For example, a family of four earning the median income of $73,000 will see their tax bill reduced by 60 percent,” Sen. Perdue wrote when the bill became law. “A single mom earning $41,000 is going to pay 75 percent less. In fact, up to 6 million Americans will be removed from the federal income tax rolls altogether.”
He also trusts us to be stewards of our own land, which is why he was “against the EPA’s ridiculous Waters of the U.S. regulation since day one” and why he has assured Georgians that “I will keep doing everything I can on a federal level to protect Georgia farmers and our state’s agriculture community from egregious executive overreach.”
Running through Perdue’s record over the past five years is a consistent theme – trust the people of Georgia. In 2020, we can repay that trust by sending him back to the Senate for another productive term.