Apr 22 2010

Graham Passes Amendment to Remove TARP Funds

Meghan Hughes (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today introduced and passed through the Senate Budget Committee an amendment to prevent $44 billion remaining in TARP from being spent.  The vote on the Graham Amendment was 12-11.

Apr 09 2010


While I disagreed with many of Justice Stevens' decisions, I respect his long service on the court. I look forward to reviewing the qualifications and record of the President's nominee to replace Justice Stevens, the leader of the liberal bloc of the court. I expect the Judiciary Committee hearings on the next nominee to be civil, deliberative, thorough, challenging, and informative.


Mar 31 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Obama Administration’s proposal to open additional areas to offshore drilling. 

Mar 22 2010

The Democrats may have won today in the House of Representatives, but the American people lost. Higher taxes, more government control of health care, and Enron-style accounting define this bill. 


Mar 19 2010

The first casualty of the Democratic health care bill will be immigration reform.  If the health care bill goes through this weekend, that will, in my view, pretty much kill any chance of immigration reform passing the Senate this year.

Mar 19 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on Kelvin Washington being confirmed as the United States Marshal for the District of South Carolina.  Before becoming Marshal, Washington served as Sheriff of Williamsburg County.

Mar 18 2010

Our immigration system is badly broken. Although our borders have become far more secure in recent years, too many people seeking illegal entry get through. We have no way to track whether the millions who enter the United States on valid visas each year leave when they are supposed to. And employers are burdened by a complicated system for verifying workers' immigration status.

Mar 11 2010


U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today met with President Obama and Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) to discuss immigration.  President Obama invited the Senators to the White House.


Feb 23 2010


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) was recognized by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his votes in the last session of the U.S. Senate.  The group termed him an ‘ACU Conservative." 



 



Graham voted the conservative position 88 percent of the time in 2009 and has a lifetime conservative rating from ACU of 90 percent.  The Senate, on average, voted the conservative position 40.63 percent of the time in 2009. 



 



ACU, which describes itself as the largest and strongest grassroots conservative organization, serves as the umbrella organization for conservatives in America. 



 



According to ACU, the ratings, “track a wide range of issues before Congress to determine which issues and votes serve as a dividing line to help separate those Members of the U.S. House and Senate who protect liberty as conservatives and those who are truly liberal.  The ratings have throughout the years become a go-to guide to determine whether an elected official’s philosophical rhetoric matches his or her record.” 



 


Among the conservative votes Graham cast that were part of the group’s 2009 scorecard: 



  • Preventing the release of the second installment of $350 billion in TARP funding.




  • Instituting a ‘spending freeze’ for most domestic spending programs at the previous years funding level.




  • Supporting an extension of the Bush tax cuts.




  • Blocking efforts to undo the ‘Mexico City Policy’ which would have allowed funding of U.S. aid organizations which promote abortion.




  • Requiring 60 votes to approve unauthorized ‘earmarks’ and requiring disclosure of lobbying by earmark recipients.




  • Opposing the Obama economic stimulus plan.




  • Supporting gun owners in the District of Columbia by lifting the ban on firearms ownership.




  • Barring the use of federal funds to re-instate the Fairness Doctrine.




  • Pushing for legislative transparency by requiring that legislation be available for public review for five days.




  • Opposition to the Obama Administration’s ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program




  • Opposition to the government takeover of our health care system proposed by the Obama Administration and congressional Democrats.




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