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Georgia industry leaders applaud Sen. David Perdue's committee appointments

David Perdue greets supporters as he takes the stage at his election night party.
David Perdue greets supporters as he takes the stage at his election night party. (AP photo by David Goldman)

WASHINGTON – Key Georgia groups and industry leaders are applauding U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s new committee assignments for the 115th Congress.

His assignments include working on the armed services, banking, agriculture and budget committees.
Perdue’s role on the committees puts him at the intersection of addressing the national debt and global security.

Here’s what they are saying, according to information provided by Perdue's office:

Defense groups: Perdue poised to promote defense priorities

“I am very glad to hear Sen. Perdue will be serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee,” Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard, said. “His leadership and understanding of DOD enterprise requirements to mitigate the risks to our nation will enhance our military capabilities. Additionally, he has a great concern for our servicemen and women, their families and the sacrifices they all make to protect our freedom. His tireless efforts to support our nation's military will only increase with his membership on the SASC.”

Business leaders: Perdue proven champion for common-sense reform

“Georgia's bankers are looking forward to working with Sen. Perdue as a member of the Senate Banking Committee,” Georgia Bankers Association president and CEO Joe Brannen said. “He's a proven champion for common-sense bank regulatory reform, and his ideas can really make a difference in getting capital flowing back onto Main Street. His perspective as a leader from a state with a diverse economy that includes a variety of cities, towns and types of businesses served by an equally diverse group of banks can certainly shape legislation that will be helpful to our economy.”

Agriculture community: Perdue strong voice for Georgia farmers

“We are fortunate to have Sen. Perdue, who understands that agriculture is a fundamental component of our overall economy,” Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said. “We look forward to his continued work on the Senate Agriculture Committee in giving a strong voice to Georgia’s farmers with his tireless efforts to relieve burdensome regulations and ensure our local farmers succeed in growing a strong Georgia.”

Fiscal groups: Perdue serious about fixing fiscal issues  

“Sen. Perdue has worked hard on the Senate Budget Committee to draw attention and find solutions to our nation’s fiscal challenges,” Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas said. “While many lawmakers have chosen to bury their heads when it comes to these issues, Sen. Perdue has shown courage and leadership and has been willing to stand up for what is right for the country -- even when it’s not easy to do so. The longer we wait, the more severe and difficult the choices will be to fix the debt. Yet very few members of Congress take this problem seriously and act with a sense urgency like Sen. Perdue.”