Feb 11 2011

Egyptian President Mubarak’s decision to step aside was the right thing to do.  I hope his resignation allows healing to begin and Egypt to move toward free, open, and transparent democratic elections.

Feb 01 2011

Our bill takes the fight out of Washington and puts it back in the states.  I would hope every Senator, regardless of party, would give the people of their home state a chance to be heard.  I’m confident that if given the chance, a large number of states would opt-out of the provisions regarding the individual mandate, employer mandate, and expansion of Medicaid.  As more states opt-out, it will have the effect of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Jan 27 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has been appointed to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee in the 112th Congress.  The committee is responsible for writing legislation that allocates federal funds to the numerous government agencies, departments, and organizations on an annual basis. 

“I look forward to taking on this new committee assignment,” said Graham.  “We must get our nation’s fiscal house in order and the appropriations committee will be where many of the important spending decisions will be made.  I believe we can be better stewards of the taxpayer dollar and meet the legitimate funding needs of our state, such as those at the Port of Charleston.” 

Graham has repeatedly been cited as a ‘Taxpayer Hero’ by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.  Last year, CCAGW President Tom Schatz said of Graham, “While far too many members of Congress demonstrated little regard for the consequences of failing to reduce the record $1.4 trillion deficit and $13 trillion debt, Senator Graham's votes give taxpayers hope for the future.” 

In addition to service on the Appropriations Committee, Graham will continue to serve on the Aging, Armed Services, Budget, and Judiciary Committees.

Jan 27 2011

Judge Henry Floyd is a solid choice who will serve the people of the 4th Circuit well.  I’ve known him for years and know he is a respected lawyer who understands the role of a judge.

Jan 26 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today co-sponsored legislation introduced by his colleague Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) to fully repeal Obamacare.  Thirty-six Senators have already signed on as cosponsors of the legislation. 

“I appreciate Jim’s hard work on this issue,” said Graham.  “Obamacare is a financial disaster for our nation.  It raises costs, lowers the quality of care, shifts a new unfunded mandate onto the states, and will result in health care rationing.  We are committed to repealing Obamacare.” 

Graham noted that next week he will introduce, along with Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), a different approach to repealing Obamacare.  States like South Carolina would be allowed to ‘Opt-Out’ of the major provisions of Obamacare – the individual mandate, business mandate, and expansion of Medicaid. 

“Whether it’s an outright repeal, a state-based ‘opt-out’, delaying implementation of its major provisions, or withholding funding, we will use every tool in the toolbox to repeal and replace Obamacare,” concluded Graham. 


Jan 12 2011

Governor Haley is off to a very good start.  Her inaugural address set the right tone, encouraging cooperation where possible and presenting an optimistic view of our state’s future during difficult times.

Dec 22 2010

"I fear the Obama Administration will blink when the Russians object to our future missile defense plans.  To this day, the Russians continue to claim that the Treaty has tied our hands when it comes to deployment of all four stages of strategic missile defense. 

"The Senate debate was supposed to be the time to clear up these points of contention and confusion.  Unfortunately, efforts to do so were defeated.  The Treaty was jammed through the lame duck without adequate review and with limited amendments..."

Dec 18 2010

I am very disappointed such a major policy change was jammed through the lame duck Congress without the ability to offer one single amendment.  This is truly not the way to make such a major change to U.S. military policy.

Dec 15 2010

I cannot support the Omnibus spending bill as it increases the size of government when people want to see government become smaller and more efficient. It is full of unnecessary spending which grows the federal government. It also includes more than $1 billion directed toward implementing Obamacare.

Dec 14 2010

I have long believed it was absolutely imperative all of the tax cuts be extended. Under this agreement no business or family will see their taxes go up at the start of 2011, as it extends the Bush tax cuts to stay in place for another two years.