WATCH: Georgians Speak Out in Columbus Against Perdue Skipping Critical Oversight Hearings for Military Families

March 6, 2020

Georgia military family advocates and Democratic lawmaker hold Perdue accountable for putting big donor event ahead of Senate duties, skipping key hearing on poor military housing conditions

ATLANTA — Today, State Representative Carolyn Hugley and advocates for military families came together in Columbus to speak out against Senator David Perdue skipping oversight hearings on the poor housing conditions facing military families at bases including Georgia’s Fort Benning. Perdue missed multiple hearings on this critical issue facing military families over the past year — including one case where he skipped his oversight duties to attend a donor event instead.

“The poor housing conditions at Fort Benning and other military facilities across this country are appalling,” said Rep. Hugley. “But it’s Senator Perdue’s job to work to fix the problems facing our military families.”

“Senator Perdue’s failure to attend multiple committee hearings on this very subject is very troubling. To skip a meeting to attend a donor function is a slap in the face to Georgia military families, and military families across the country,” said former Department of the Army attorney Rick Parker. “It is irresponsible and it is insulting for him to put his needs above the needs of military families.”

“When Senator Perdue skipped these oversight hearings for staff retreats or campaign donor meetings, he told Georgia military families that they were not his priority,” said AFGE Local 54 Vice-President Walter Nesbitt. “Let’s be clear: Senator Perdue, you do not work for campaign donors, you work for us, the people of Georgia.”

Watch the full press conference here.


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