Dec 19 2011

From a historical perspective, Kim John-il's reign was one of terror, oppression, and brutality to his own people.  I hope the Administration will signal to our allies in South Korea and Japan that we will stand behind them as power is transferred in Noth Korea.  Anytime you have a vacuum in an unstable place like North Korea, it is dangerous for the world at large.

Dec 17 2011

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson today made this statement on the breakthrough port deepening provisions included in the year-end spending bill that passed the Senate this morning by a 67-32 vote.  Ports in Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina both have harbor deepening projects they continue to push forward to prepare for the larger ships that will be coming through Panama Canal beginning in 2014.

Dec 16 2011

Under the old system, South Carolina was shut out because we were not included in the President's 2012 budget.  Now, as a result of my language, Charleston will be eligible to receive federal funding to continue our deepening study.  Until the study is complete we cannot transition into actual construction on deepening the harbor.  We essentially had no chance to compete for funding.  These changes in federal law will give us the opportunity to move forward.

Dec 09 2011

Senator Lindsey Graham is calling for a congressional investigation into collaboration between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union against The Boeing Company's decision to build a second 787 Dreamliner production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Dec 06 2011

The time has come for the United States to fully review its relations with Pakistan. We must assess the nature and levels of our support for Pakistan. In particular, all options regarding U.S. security and economic assistance to Pakistan must be on the table, including substantial reductions and stricter standards for performance.

Nov 21 2011

The Super Committee's failure to address our growing debt problems only leads to future generations living in a poorer, weaker America.

Nov 15 2011

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today issued the following statement on the agreement reached today on detainee provisions in the Defense Authorization bill, a new version of which passed the Senate Armed Services Committee by a unanimous vote this afternoon:


“Today in a unanimous 26-0 vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee reported out a new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012. In addition to reducing funding by $20 billion to align with the defense top-line level consistent with the Budget Control Act enacted this summer, the new NDAA includes compromise detainee policy provisions intended to address objections made by the Administration.


“To be clear: These provisions do not apply to U.S. citizens. While this compromise includes many of the recommended changes and clarifications sought by the Administration, it retains critical components such as the requirement for military custody of members of al-Qaeda or its associated forces captured while participating in or planning an attack on the U.S. or its coalition partners. This requirement includes a waiver that can be used by the Secretary of Defense, as well as language ensuring that the military custody provision will not interfere with surveillance or intelligence gathering activities. The revised detainee compromise also retained requirements for the certification of transfer of detainees and prohibitions on the use of funds to construct or modify facilities in the U.S. for Guantanamo detainees.


“We are encouraged by today’s unanimous vote, and look forward to debating these vital issues on the floor of the Senate when the NDAA comes up for consideration as early as this week.”