Republicans hope to get President Donald Trump's nominations moving while the Senate's August recess is canceled, plus much more work needs to be accomplished, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said Wednesday.
"Last year we did the same thing, and they released 77 in one day," Perdue told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"Prior to that, only 44 nominations were confirmed all year. This is the first time in U.S. history we've seen this kind of historic obstructionism blocking a president's confirmations. We hope we get those moving."
But it is not all about skipping a recess, but about getting work done, Perdue said, pointing out "we have to fund the federal government before Sept. 30."
Perdue also discussed the news about Facebook's admission Tuesday it had data-sharing partnerships with four Chinese consumer-device makers, including Huawei Technologies Co., adding to concerns the social network has failed to tell users how their personal information flows beyond Facebook.
"We have to get our act together," Perdue said. "We have $21 trillion of debt. That is not lost on Chinese. Second, we have to fund the government. We will see great numbers about the GDP in the second quarter, north of four percent.
Meanwhile, the Senate is passing legislation to protect U.S. technology from the Chinese, Perdue said.
"They're innovating and buying our technology," he said. "We have to protect ourselves. We know what their mission is. They have written out in the China 2025 plan and the one belt, one road strategy we've seen for years.
"We know what they're up to. We have to defend ourselves. The president is on to it, job one, defending America."
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