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

Pauline Gross
January 22, 2018

"As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we're going nowhere", Graham told reporters on Sunday afternoon.

The proposal contains $2.7 billion for border security, including the planning, design and construction of a border barrier and added surveillance and technology.

According to Republican consultant Rick Wilson, Graham's frustrations are shared, more quietly, by his GOP colleagues.

And White House legislative director Marc Short, coming out of lengthy meetings with lawmakers on different sides of the issue, said the President was still looking for a deal that covered only existing DACA recipients, not a broader population, and a curtailing of family-based migration that goes beyond only those affected by a DACA measure - two elements inconsistent with the Durbin bill.

Trump has said he'll end the program on March 5 unless Congress can come up with a fix. "Democrats seem to be willing to increase military spending". Graham, in turn, is refusing to denounce Trump as a racist or a bad-faith negotiator.

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The two men could eventually get their rapport back on track, as they did after Charlottesville. Cory Booker, D-N.J. "He challenged the president of the United States, in the Oval Office, on his bigoted, vile statements". However, the aftermath of the recent meeting has left Graham somewhat of an island in a political environment growing more complicated and polarized by the day.

"It's the opposite of what I campaigned for", Trump said. "He showed a level of honor that is urgently needed right now".

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) refused to comment during a Thursday morning interview with CNN on whether or not President Donald Trump described countries like Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting last week, saying he wants to ensure he can keep the lines of communication with Trump open.

Miller authored the White House's wide-ranging immigration plan, which includes wall funding and cracking down on cities that don't comply with federal immigration law. Graham wouldn't comment on the former, but on Kelly, the senator said the chief of staff doesn't understand the gridlock preventing Democrats, Republicans and the White House from reaching any kind of comprehensive immigration deal.

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