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Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) speaks to reporters at Trump Tower on Dec. 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Deficit hawk David Perdue grapples with Donald Trump’s big-ticket fiscal proposals

2:38 pm Dec. 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s David Perdue has been one of Donald Trump’s biggest boosters in Georgia and the U.S. Senate. The two have an awful lot in common, the freshman lawmaker likes to remind folks, including a business background and outsider credentials.

But a key area where the two men appear to differ is on the importance of deficit reduction.

Perdue has made it a central issue during his first two years in

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., gives a speech about overhauling the budget process on Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate Democrats consider slow-walking Tom Price’s Cabinet confirmation

5:00 am Dec. 6, 2016

As we pointed out last week, math pretty much guarantees that Georgia Congressman Tom Price will be confirmed as Donald Trump’s health and human services secretary in the new year.

If Republicans can stick together, they can fend off Democratic opposition to the nomination thanks to a change to Senate rules made by Democrat Harry Reid in 2013 that gutted the filibuster on executive nominations.

That doesn’t mean Democrats will