Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.C. Condemned the Democratic spending package and said during an exclusive interview on LBL’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that, if necessary, he would follow the lead of the Texas House Democrats in an effort to kill the GOP-backed voting law. fled from his home state. .
“Hell yeah, I’ll leave,” Graham told host Maria Bartiromo. “I will legally use everything in my toolbox to prevent massive inflation.”
The remarks came five days after the Republican senator announced Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that the budget committee had reached an agreement to allocate $3.5 trillion for a spending package that would complement President Biden’s infrastructure plan.
The plan will fund a budget reconciliation package so Democratic lawmakers can remove the need for GOP support and save money from a filibuster.
The budget will cover costs to expand Medicare, address climate change, childcare and education — all big-ticket items deemed “human infrastructure” that Republicans said they would enthusiastically reject.
Graham noted that he would support a roughly $950 billion infrastructure plan for roads, bridges and ports, but insisted that “a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package designed to pass without a single Republican vote”. “There is no infrastructure.”
He said the reconciliation package is “a generous wish list”, which includes “all kinds of new social programs unrelated to infrastructure”.
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Graham stressed that the only way to pay for the reconciliation package is “through massive tax increases.”
He later noted that “you must have a quorum for the Senate to pass a bill” and added that if the Democrats passed a reconciliation budget proposal and the $3.5 trillion bill was brought to the Senate floor he would “quit.” “.
“To my Republican colleagues, we can learn something from our Democratic friends in Texas when it comes to a $3.5 trillion tax avoidance and spending package: leave town,” Graham said.
Last week, dozens of Democratic state lawmakers in Texas attended a special legislative session to scuttle Republican efforts to break quorums and fast-track new election integrity bills that left-wing critics have criticized as voter suppression. amount claimed.
Graham told Bartiromo on Sunday that “if it’s not showing me to stop” a $3.5 trillion infrastructure package, which he argued “has nothing to do with infrastructure” and “a tax and the dream of the socialist Left,” he will do it.
He insisted that passing the bill would increase inflation “through the roof”.
Graham also referred to the Democratic push to include amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants in his budget reconciliation proposal.
He warned that if Democrats “include illegal immigrants into that bill, you’re going to run out completely at the border.”
“If we give an amnesty on the $3.5 trillion bill, it will be an invasion of illegal immigrants, so I can do whatever I can to stop it,” Graham said.
President Biden rescinded many of his predecessor’s immigration policies, including building a wall and allowing asylum seekers to stay in Mexico instead of the US while they wait for their cases to be heard. The move has led to a record increase in migrants, including minors alone, who lack the capacity of immigration facilities.
LBL’ Michael Ruiz and Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.