Lindsey Graham Says ‘We Shot Each Other In The Foot’ On Debt Ceiling
Senator Lindsey Graham spoke out against members of his own party who sided with the Democrats in voting to help push forward an extension of the short-term debt ceiling.
At least 10 GOP Senators were needed for the procedural process to break the GOP’s obstruction, with 11 ultimately deciding to advance the vote, giving a final tally of 61-38.
The Senate then approved a plan to raise the public debt limit by an additional $ 480 billion through early December in a 50-48 vote on Thursday.
Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was one of 11 Republicans whose vote raised the debt ceiling, having held firm for months that Democrats should suspend or raise the debt themselves. debt ceiling thanks to the arduous process of budget reconciliation.
Talk to Fox News’ Sean Hannity On Thursday, Graham said McConnell and 10 other GOP senators had “screwed up” after promising the party would not allow the debt to be increased by Democrats and accused them of ultimately “bowing” to their demands.
“For two months, we promised our base and the American people that we would not help the Democratic Party raise the debt ceiling so that they could spend $ 3.5 trillion to $ 5,000 billion through reconciliation. At the end of the day, we blinked.
“Two things happened. We let our people down and we made Democrats believe we were all talking and not action,” Graham said.
The South Carolina senator added that the party would revisit the matter in December when government funding is set to expire again if Congress does not approve the new spending legislation.
“We had a process in place, we promised for two months that we would do them [Democrats] do it without our help, and we bent it and I hate that.
“We’re in a hole. We have to dig out of this hole and we can, we shot ourselves in the foot tonight.”
Side with the Democrats
Speaking on McConnell, Graham said the Kentucky senator sided with the Democrats amid their claims they would “go nuclear” and modify the filibuster to allow him to be bypassed with just 50 votes .
“We can’t live this way,” Graham added. “When President Trump was in power he asked us to change the rules every day, wanting us to get what we wanted, and I said no. So I have no sympathy for the Democratic Party threatening to use systematic obstruction to implement its socialist program.
“At the end of the day, we can’t be extorted and live that way. We should have stood our ground and played this. I don’t think they would have blown up the Senate about it.”
Hannity then interrupted Graham to point out that Joe Manchin, who opposes Joe Biden’s $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, had previously said he would not use the nuclear option to raise the cap on the debt.
Hannity then asked if the GOP will be “hostage to the threat of the use of the nuclear option” in the future and will back down on its own promises.
“That’s what maybe we have in place,” Graham said. “We may have made ourselves aware of this tactic in the future.”
He added: “Changing at the last minute, using the excuse of changing the obstruction, has made us less effective in the body, Democrats are going to look at us differently, and the people we represent are incredibly disappointed.
“There was no point in doing this. Don’t say things you can’t stand… if we do it again, in December we’ll shoot ourselves in the head as a party.”
‘Sad day’ for the GOP
Hannity then ended the interview with his own attack on McConnell after the “pretty sad and pathetic day” for the GOP.
“The Republican Party, in many ways, created Donald Trump,” Hannity said.
“People like Mitch McConnell created Donald Trump, because a lot of swamp creatures made exactly that kind of garbage and didn’t fight, didn’t keep their word.
“The Republicans said we need a disruptor, we need an iconoclast and someone who will really keep their word and fight for us. This is why Donald Trump will be bringing together 50,000 people at the event. one rally and Mitch McConnell will get five. “
McConnell has been contacted for comment.