Jan 20 2018

Statement from U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement. 

“Leader McConnell mentioned last night he was willing to make a proposal for a CR through February 8 and seek resolution on immigration, disaster relief, military and government funding, CHIP, and other health care related issues.  I would support such a proposal. 

“I also agree with Senator McConnell we are close to a resolution on all these issues.

“After extensive discussions with Senators, on both sides of the aisle, I believe such a proposal would pass if it was understood that after February 8, the Senate would move to an immigration debate with an open amendment process if no agreement has been reached with the White House and House of Representatives. 

“This will guarantee the Border Security/DACA issue will be brought forward with an open amendment process for resolution no later than February 8th. I’m confident we can find a solution to Border Security/DACA once we start the process.  Success on this will lead to a breakthrough on all other issues. 

“After my discussions with numerous senators on both sides of the aisle last night it is clear to me a commitment to move to immigration after February 8th is the key to ending the government shutdown and finding resolution on all the outstanding issues.

“However, having the time only matters if there is the will to get the job done. General Mattis’s statement yesterday that defense cuts and continuing resolutions have done more damage to the American military than any enemy on the battlefield was very sobering.  Military necessity —combined with the reality that DACA recipient lives will soon be turned upside down — provides the incentive for Congress to get it right once and for all. 

“In light of these realities, I’m hopeful there will be overwhelming bipartisan support for the February 8 proposal.”