WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) issued this statement on reports that Democrats may be threatening to shut down the government over the inclusion of Obamacare cost-sharing payments.
“I find it hard to believe the Democrats would shut down the government over the inclusion of Obamacare cost-sharing payments.
“These payments were never authorized by Congress, were not included in previous spending bills, and the Obama Administration made these payments in violation of the law.
“President Trump would be right to stand his ground against this foolish demand. To be clear, I view these payments as unconstitutional – and believe they should not be made at all.
“Finally, President Trump and OMB Director Mulvaney have been very responsible in negotiations with Democrats, and are working to keep the government open. Democrats would be acting irresponsibly by insisting the government shut down over this outrageous demand.”