Ranking Member Press

03.28.22

President Biden’s FY23 Budget Fast Facts

WASHINGTON - On March 28, 2022, President Biden released his fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget request. The Biden Budget is more of the same: "Shell games and budget gimmicks" to hide the fact that his plans are costly, unpopular and unrealistic. FAST FACTS on the FY 23 Biden Budget: The Biden Budget is not serious about deficit reduction. In reality, it takes credit for near-term deficit reduction because emergency COVID-19 spending is going to end soon. President Biden's partisan ARP legislatio… Continue Reading


02.01.22

Graham Questions OMB Nominees During Senate Budget Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today questioned nominees to be Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Shalanda Young and Nani Coloretti. GRAHAM: "When do you expect that we will get the next [Presidential] budget?" SHALANDA YOUNG: "As you know Senator the State of the Union is March 1. It is typical that the State of the Union would lead into a budget. So that is certainly our expectatio… Continue Reading


12.19.21

Statement from Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Graham

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today issued a statement after U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) announced his decision not to support the Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spend bill, citing recent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). "I very much appreciate Senator Manchin's decision not to support Build Back Better, which stems from his understanding of the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the bill… Continue Reading


12.16.21

Graham: Democrats Misleading American People on True Cost of Reckless Tax and Spend Bill

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today held a press conference with House Budget Committee Ranking Member Jason Smith (R-Missouri) to discuss the Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spend bill. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed the true cost of the bill is $4.9 trillion, and it adds $3 trillion in new debt. On budget gimmicks: GRAHAM: "If you really don't want to vote for a bill that adds to the deficit, then you can't vote for Buil… Continue Reading


12.13.21

In Case You Missed It: “‘Fully Paid For’ Is the Lie of the Year”

WASHINGTON - While the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats continue to haggle over the size of their Reckless Tax and Spend bill, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) told Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) that without budget gimmicks, the legislation costs $4.9 trillion and adds $3 trillion in new debt. The Wall Street Journal, Editorial: Real Cost of Biden's Spending Plan "Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer reacted furious… Continue Reading


12.10.21

Graham: Build Back Better Will Be Death Blow To Our Economy

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today held a press conference to discuss the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) ten-year analysis of certain provisions in the Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spend bill. CBO confirmed the true cost of the bill is $4.9 trillion, and it adds $3 trillion in new debt. GRAHAM: "Soaring inflation and the true cost of Build Back Better are twin daggers aimed at the heart of the American economy." GRAHAM: "Infl… Continue Reading


12.01.21

CBO Commits to Provide “True Cost” Analysis of Reckless Tax and Spend Bill Over Ten Years

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today issued a statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) committed to providing an extended ten-year analysis of the provisions in the Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spend bill. "I'm very pleased CBO will be scoring Build Back Better on the premise that spending programs and other new programs do not sunset as written. It would be totally irresponsible to debate this bill before CBO's ne… Continue Reading


11.30.21

Graham: Dems’ Reckless Tax and Spend Bill is a Fraud

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today hosted a briefing on the Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spend bill. Senators heard presentations from the Penn Wharton Budget Model and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) and participated in a Q&A session. GRAHAM: "I want to put a fine point on this…This whole bill is a fraud." https://youtu.be/YNumeUaZKTw?t=3439 GRAHAM: "Every Republican on [the Senate Budget] Committe… Continue Reading


11.19.21

Graham Statement on House Passage of Reckless Tax and Spend Bill

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today issued a statement after the House of Representatives passed the Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spend bill. "This House bill, which is a disaster for the American people, is dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate. "It's an inflation bomb for hardworking Americans and a windfall for Blue State millionaires. It dramatically expands government entitlements and raises taxes across the economy. "I rea… Continue Reading


11.18.21

ICYMI: Bipartisanship Achieved! Dems Blast Dems’ Own Tax Proposals: “Bad Policy, Bad Politics”

WASHINGTON - Under the latest version of the Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spend bill, the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analysis confirms it gives tax breaks to the wealthy. Democrats are even taking issue with tax provisions their fellow Democrats pushed to include in the multi-trillion dollar bill. FROM THE DEMOCRATS: Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont): "You can't be a political party that talks about demanding the wealthy pay … Continue Reading


11.17.21

In Case You Missed It: Dems Double Down on Tax Cuts for Millionaires as Inflation Surges

WASHINGTON - As the House of Representatives considers the Democrats' multi-trillion dollar tax and spend proposal this week, the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) found that the bill would provide almost seventy percent of millionaires with significant tax breaks. JCT's analysis joins with an earlier study by the Tax Policy Center that showed two-thirds of people making more than $1 million would see a tax cut averaging $16,760. Last week Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)… Continue Reading


11.15.21

Graham on New Estimate on Budget Gimmicks and Shell Games in Democrats’ Socialist Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today issued a statement on the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's (CRFB) estimate that the Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spend bill would cost $4.9 trillion if certain provisions were made permanent. Graham has previously noted the Reckless Tax and Spend bill includes arbitrary sunset dates for several costly provisions in order to make the cost of the bill appear less expensive. "One of… Continue Reading


11.12.21

Graham on Biden Economic Agenda: Tax Cuts for the Rich, Inflation for the Middle Class

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today reacted to a report from the Tax Policy Center on the Democrats' tax proposals in the latest version of their Reckless Tax and Spend legislation. Graham noted that under the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats' plan, changes to the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction would mean nearly two-thirds of taxpayers making more than $1 million could see an average tax cut of $16,760. … Continue Reading


11.09.21

Smith, Graham Call for CBO Score on True Cost of Democrat Tax & Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - In a letter today to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the top Republicans on the House and Senate Budget Committees pushed the agency to provide a true cost estimate of the Democrats' tax and spending reconciliation bill if provisions within the bill were made permanent, as is the intent of Democrats. House Budget Committee Ranking Member Jason Smith (MO-08) and Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) noted that the reconciliation bill includes… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Graham: “I Will Do Everything I Can To Stop” Dems’ Reckless Tax and Spend Bill

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today spoke with members of the media about the Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spend bill. GRAHAM: "This reconciliation bill is a fraud. It's going to be pouring gasoline on the inflation problems we have in the country and it rewards special interests at the expense of the public. I take issue with both the process and the substance." On process: GRAHAM: "This train is moving so fast in the House. The… Continue Reading


11.03.21

Graham on Democrats’ Sweetheart Union Deal Disguised as Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on Democrats' touting a sweetheart union deal in the form of an additional $4,500 tax credit for people who buy electric vehicles made by unions, which they hope to include in the reckless taxing and spending bill. "Electric cars have the potential to be a major low carbon solution in the transportation space. However, the Democrats' proposal penalizes people for buying electric vehic… Continue Reading


11.02.21

In Case You Missed It: New Penn Wharton Model Estimates Democrat Spending Bill Price Tag More than Double

WASHINGTON - While the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats continue to haggle over the size of their reckless taxing and spending bill, new estimates show that Democrats are using budget gimmicks to hide the real price tag. New budget models from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business show that the taxing and spending bill put forth by the White House and Congressional Democrats will cost nearly $4 trillion, more than double the bill's reported cost. The Penn … Continue Reading


11.01.21

Graham: We Need to See True Cost for Democrats’ Reckless Taxing and Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) expressed concerns over House Democrats trying to vote on their Reckless Taxing and Spending bill without knowing the true cost of the bill. "To my House Democratic colleagues: I hope you understand that without a CBO score a reconciliation bill will not move forward in the Senate. "Reconciliation rules exist for a very good reason. They gi… Continue Reading


10.07.21

Graham: “I don’t understand why we’re folding here.”

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made these comments on raising the debt ceiling. GRAHAM: "I don't understand why we [Republicans] are folding here. For two months Republicans have been saying Democrats want to spend $3.5 trillion without any Republican input. If they are going to do that -- they need to raise the debt ceiling on their own. This is just a mistake." GRAHAM: "Democrats are spending the money by themselves throu… Continue Reading


10.06.21

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 ra… Continue Reading

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