Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham: 'I'm not going to vote' for funding bill

Elias Hubbard
January 22, 2018

The senator has been a fierce critic of President Trump, often targeting the president's stance on immigration.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had "come to an arrangement", with Schumer saying he believed there was a "real pathway" to get a bill dealing with immigration on the floor of the Senate.

Since the meeting was private, I guess Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham can say whatever they want to say about it.

According to Kelly, while the bill was bipartisan in the sense it was crafted by lawmakers of both parties in the Senate, members of the House and Republican Sens. Only 6 Democrats in the House and 5 Democrats in the Senate voted against shutting the government down. Democrats, and some Republicans, wanted language protecting people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, as part of the spending bill to ensure it became law.

"It's the opposite of what I campaigned for", Trump said. "And 80 percent of the American people are actually with us". DACA, an Obama-era program that shields certain immigrants brought to the US illegally as children from deportation, was central to those talks, which did not result in an agreement to stop government shutdown that now stretches into its third day.

The dollar bounced and equity futures extended gains amid signs that the Senate would have enough votes to advance the stopgap bill.

The White House had refused to negotiate over immigration, one of the Democrats' central issues, while the government remained closed. "It does not take the needed steps to fix our porous border and it fails to empower law enforcement to apprehend and remove unsafe criminals who are here illegally".

"I'm not going to vote for a CR", Graham told reporters Wednesday. If you're one these recipients you feel like we should have done this yesterday.

The vote, scheduled for noon, would reopen the federal government until February 8th.

The South Carolina Republican warned earlier in the day that with Miller in charge of immigration, negotiations are "going nowhere".

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