Feb 26 2013

I oppose the nomination of Chuck Hagel to serve as our next Secretary of Defense.  There were other, more capable choices available and I regret President Obama did not choose one of them.

Feb 21 2013

Graham, Gowdy Push Attorney General Holder For Explanation

South Carolinians Cite Lack of Prosecutions for Gun Background Check Denials

Too many of the legislative proposals being mentioned thus far are driven by politics and have been proven ineffective in the past.  While we do not claim to know everything about gun violence, we do know that a common-sense solution does not involve limiting the consitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

Feb 19 2013

Washington ­– U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), John McCain (R-Arizona) and Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) released the following statement on President Obama’s comments today regarding looming budget sequestration:


“For months last year, we traveled around the country warning about the calamitous effects that budget sequestration would have on our nation’s economy and security. Today, just ten days prior to the implementation of these draconian cuts, the President held another campaign event to blame Republicans for sequestration, which was actually his idea in the first place. This country needs a Commander-in-Chief, not a Campaigner-in-Chief. We call on the President to bring Republicans and Democrats together at the White House and work to avert what his own Secretary of Defense said would be a ‘devastating’ blow to America’s security. We have offered a common sense plan to avoid these cuts; now, it’s time for the President to fulfill his responsibilities and bring all parties together to solve this looming crisis.”



Feb 19 2013

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today released the following statement on the retirement of General John Allen:

“It was with great regret that I learned from General Allen that he will be retiring and not assuming NATO Command.   General Allen informed me shortly after meeting with the President that due to personal family reasons, he will be seeking retirement.

“The nation owes a great debt to General Allen, who has been one of the most outstanding officers I have ever known.  He led the surge of troops in Afghanistan, delivered a strong blow against our enemies, and did an exceptional job building up the Afghan security forces.

“General Allen and his family have served this nation with distinction, and his leadership in the future will be missed.  I wish him and his family all the best, and know that he will continue to contribute to our great nation outside of military service."


Feb 12 2013

It is critical that we have a full understanding of American actions taken before, during, and after the attack.  While we cannot change history, the lessons we learn can help prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

Feb 05 2013

Washington ­– U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today released the following statement on President Obama’s remarks on budget sequestration this afternoon:


“This past weekend, President Obama’s own Secretary of Defense said the budget cuts looming under sequestration will ‘weaken the United States’ and ‘make it much more difficult for us to respond to crises in the world.’ The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff agreed that ‘we will become less safe’ if these cuts go through.


“While the President last year promised that sequestration ‘will not happen,’ he has declined to address this looming crisis for more than a year. We appreciate that the President now wants to come to the negotiating table and we will examine his proposal closely.


“Every time we have a crisis in this country, President Obama’s solution is to raise taxes. With the economy still struggling and job growth very weak, the last thing America needs is a tax increase.


“In the coming days, we will be introducing legislation – as we did last year – to avoid the first year of defense budget cuts by reducing the size of the federal workforce through attrition as recommended by the Simpson-Bowles Commission. This common-sense approach avoids a damaging self-inflicted wound to America’s security, and we hope the President will join us in this effort.”



Feb 05 2013

Chuck Hagel is a good man, but these are dangerous times.  What kind of signal are we sending to the Iranians when our nominee for Secretary of Defense seems clueless about what our policy is?

Jan 28 2013

The bipartisan immigration principles represent a real breakthrough on substance and I hope they will be seen as a breakthrough in forming a political coalition to finally solve our immigration problems.