May 03 2012

If Chen Guangcheng and his family seek political asylum in the United States, the Obama Administration should grant it immediately.

May 02 2012

The case of Chen Guangcheng is Exhibit A in how the Chinese communist dictatorship runs roughshod over those who dissent from government policy.  Their actions in this matter show how little respect they have for personal freedoms and human rights.

May 01 2012

With the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement we have reached a turning point in the Afghan war.  With proper implementation, this agreement will be the end of the Taliban's dream of retaking Afghanistan.

Apr 26 2012

With this bill, the federal government lives up to the commitments it has made to the state of South Carolina when it comes to cleanup and new missions at the site.  I'm very pleased with the work of the committee and appreciate my colleagues in recognizing and rewarding hard work done at SRS.

Apr 24 2012

The NLRB seems hell-bent on changing labor processes across-the-board for purely political reasons.  Just like the NLRB complaint against Boeing, the unprecedented NLRB Ambush Election rule takes the agency into another area it's never gone before.

Apr 19 2012

WASHINGTON ­– U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) today released the following statement on Syria:


“It is time for the Obama Administration to acknowledge what is obvious and indisputable in Syria: the Annan Plan has failed. Bashar al-Assad has not abided, and will not abide, by a ceasefire. And the only way to stop Assad’s campaign of slaughter is for the United States to take tangible steps with our friends and allies to help the Syrian opposition change the military balance of power on the ground.


“In a letter to the U.N. Security Council today, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that Assad is in violation of virtually every provision of the Annan Plan. There is no freedom of movement for journalists. There is no timely provision of humanitarian assistance to areas affected by the fighting. There is no freedom for Syrians to ‘demonstrate peacefully,’ as is their legal right. And most of all, there is no ceasefire. On the contrary, Assad's tanks and artillery continue to shell civilian populations. His forces continue to assault and murder Syrians who attempt to protest peacefully. And his helicopters are now increasingly attacking Syrian towns and cities. Indeed, since the Annan Plan was announced last month, Assad has escalated the violence, killing at least one thousand additional Syrians and displacing thousands more from their homes.


“These are the realities in Syria today, and by refusing to recognize them, the international community is only enabling Assad to continue killing. The United Nations cannot be seen as an ineffective body that is fiddling while Syria burns. Assad’s campaign of violence will continue, as it has for more than a year now, until the military balance inside the country shifts against him. Until then, the killing will only increase, and diplomacy will continue to fail.


“Changing the military balance inside Syria requires the United States, in close coordination with our Turkish, Arab and other allies, to provide the Syrian opposition with the help they are pleading for to defend themselves. This can include training and equipping the Syrian opposition with weapons, providing them with tactical intelligence, and using airpower to target Assad’s command-and-control and help the Syrian opposition to create safe zones inside Syria.


“Some in the Obama Administration have suggested that America can outsource responsibility for providing the opposition with lethal assistance. In fact, based on our own conversations with our friends in the region – including courageous men and women in the Syrian opposition – we are convinced that none of this critical support is on track to happen, nor will it happen, unless the United States shows leadership. Right now, no country is providing the Syrian opposition with the help it desperately needs. The United States and the world are failing the people of Syria. And every day that we refuse to lead, more Syrians will die.”



Apr 19 2012

WASHINGTON – Today Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), joined by Senators Klobuchar (D-MN), Kirk (R-IL), Collins (R-ME), Cardin (D-MD), Coats (R-IN) and McCain (R-AZ), introduced a bipartisan resolution that denounces the Syrian government for ongoing crimes against humanity and calling on President Obama to take action to hold accountable those responsible.

“Since the start of this conflict, the Syrian regime brutalized its own people, leaving thousands dead as it commits horrific crimes against humanity including the abduction and torture of children. Now is the time for President Obama to use his authority to document such crimes and for the international community to hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable for these atrocities. This resolution tells the Syrian people that Americans are with them as they fight for freedom and basic democratic rights,” said Blumenthal.

“It’s time we speak out against the crimes of the Assad regime and let the Syrian people know we are bearing witness to their plight and suffering,” said Graham. “The courage and resilience they have displayed over the past year, in the face of a horrific and ruthless onslaught, defies comprehension.  Our resolution allows the Senate to speak with one voice against the atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime and make sure their crimes against humanity are documented."

Since the uprisings in Syria began in January of 2011, the Syrian government has engaged in torture, abduction, and detention of the Syrian people, including children. This resolution urges the President to use his authority to collect information regarding such incidents in Syria, its leaders, and senior officials, who are responsible for crimes against humanity to hold them accountable for such crimes. Additionally, it urges President Obama to refer the situation in Syria to the newly established Atrocities Prevention Board and other available international legal processes.


Click here for the full resolution.

Apr 08 2012

Today's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on night raids in Afghanistan is another major step forward. The agreement balances the practical needs of the Afghan people with the needs of American military commanders. The agreement ensures night raids will continue to deliver punishing blows to the Taliban and other insurgents.