Statement from Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Graham

WASHINGTON – Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement.

“I worked with my Democratic colleagues to spend trillions of dollars to fight COVID because it was necessary.  I worked with my Democratic colleagues to produce an infrastructure bill dealing with America’s roads, bridges, ports, and other vital infrastructure because I viewed it as necessary. 

“However, I do not support the Democrats’ reconciliation package and I do not support raising the debt limit to make that level of spending possible. 

“If Democrats want to raise the debt ceiling they can use the reconciliation process. 

“As the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee I will try to make that process as smooth as possible. 

“When Republicans were in charge of the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives I held firm against any moves to change the legislative filibuster. I never told my Democratic colleagues that ‘Unless you work with me on certain things, I will have to create a carve-out to the filibuster.’

“I will work with my Democratic colleagues to make raising the debt limit through the reconciliation process as smooth as possible, but I will not be held hostage or extorted regarding threats to change the legislative filibuster.  

“I did not do that to Democrats when I was in their shoes.  I will not tolerate that being done to me and my Republican colleagues today.

“If an expedited reconciliation process is not good enough, then Democrats should own it and change the rules.”