"This overreach by President Obama is breathtaking, and every American should be unnerved by the implications of this decision."
12/03/2014 6:16:00 PM
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today issued the following statement in support of South Carolina's decision to sue the Obama Administration over President Obama's executive action on immigration.
"This overreach by President Obama is breathtaking, and every American should be unnerved by the implications of this decision. The executive action is unprecedented and tramples on the concept of constitutional checks and balances.
"I fully support Attorney General Wilson's efforts to challenge President Obama's executive order. The President does have prosecutorial discretion, but he does not have the power to confer legal status by executive fiat. It's one thing to delay or defer prosecutions. It's something else entirely to grant millions of people a legal status without going through Congress.
"Attorney General Wilson is absolutely right to go after this presidential overreach, and I will be supportive in every way possible."
"It’s time for new leadership at the agency."
10/01/2014 3:14:00 PM
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Secret Service.
"The testimony delivered by the Director of the Secret Service yesterday was not confidence-inspiring. What she described as mistakes were major security breaches. Now is not the time for our enemies to believe we cannot protect our nation's Commander in Chief. I appreciate the Director's service, but it's time for new leadership at the agency.
"Additionally, it's time for an independent top-to-bottom review of the agency, its operations, and ability to fully carry out its mission."
"We urge President Obama to commit to a conditions-based drawdown in Afghanistan and an enduring U.S. presence."
09/30/2014 5:15:00 PM
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and John McCain (R-Arizona) today released the following statement on President Ashraf Ghani and the new Afghan government for signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), and the need for President Obama to commit to a conditions-based drawdown and a residual force in Afghanistan:
"We commend President Ashraf Ghani and the new Afghan government for signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). This important agreement will enable U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond this year. However, the BSA alone will not guarantee the security of either Afghanistan or America. That requires President Obama to revise his plan for an unconditional withdrawal from Afghanistan. We are already experiencing the dangerous consequences of the president's unconditional withdrawal from Iraq, and we cannot afford to make the same mistake in Afghanistan. We urge President Obama to commit to a conditions-based drawdown in Afghanistan and an enduring U.S. presence to further our counterterrorism mission and continue advising and assisting Afghan security forces. Failure to do so would endanger U.S. national security and risk squandering the hard-earned gains made possible by the sacrifice of so many brave young Americans."
"The Iraqi Prime Minister may be over-estimating the capability of the Iraqi military forces to degrade and destroy ISIL."
09/18/2014 2:07:00 PM
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today said this in response to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi saying there was no need for the United States or international coalition partners to send troops into Iraq to fight ISIL.
"I support the deployment of United States forces, as well as funding, to try and contain this serious health care problem facing the African continent and the world at large."
09/17/2014 5:50:00 PM
WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after speaking with the President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about combating the spread of Ebola. Graham is the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.
"President Obama is wrong to say the cease-fire is a result of crippling sanctions and the threat of future sanctions."
09/08/2014 5:08:00 PM
WASHINGTON - U.S Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Russia-Ukraine cease-fire and President Obama's assertion that the cease-fire is a result of applied and future sanctions.
"President Obama is wrong to say the cease-fire is a result of crippling sanctions and the threat of future sanctions.
"Mr. President, if you can't come up with a strategy, at least tell us what the goal is regarding ISIL."
09/02/2014 3:45:00 PM
WASHINGTON - U.S Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the reported execution of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Sotloff and all those who have suffered under ISIL's barbaric behavior.
Passes Senate 64-36 and will now go to President Obama
12/18/2013 7:11:00 PM
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) voted against the budget deal because it cuts retirement benefits for current and future military retirees. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 64-36 and will now go to President Obama.
I am proud that every Senate Republican has united in support of the House-passed defund Obamacare provision.
09/27/2013 2:17:00 PM
Today, I proudly voted to defund Obamacare, and I am proud that every Senate Republican has united in support of the House-passed defund Obamacare provision. I only wish that more Senate Democrats, many of whom were responsible for Obamacare's passage into law, would have voted with us.
With Democrats in control of the Senate, we needed Democrats to join with the American people who want Obamacare stopped in its tracks. Based upon the Democrats unanimous votes in support of funding Obamacare, they must not have gotten the message.
As the U.N. General Assembly is set to begin, Graham and Menendez write Obama: "Iran is not a friend whose world can be taken as a promise."
09/23/2013 4:10:00 PM
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) wrote President Obama today urging him during his speech to the U.N. General Assembly to re-state the U.S. goal of not permitting Iran to achieve nuclear weapons capability and demanding verifiable action from the Iranian government in order to permit the possibility of a diplomatic accord with the international community.