Sen. Graham says reconciliation package is ‘a liberal wishlist,’ threatens to leave town for vote


By Jenny Goldsberry

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) railed against the reconciliation package on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Baritomo. He says the Democrat’s bill is all about “big government” fulfilling the “liberal wish list.”

“As to $3.5 trillion reconciliation package designed to pass without a single Republican vote, Joe Manchin has said that has to be paid for,” Graham hold host Baritomo. And the only way you can do that is through a massive tax increase.”

Since the package was crafted in the Senate Finance Committee, it will only need 51 votes to pass. The committee, now chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), has a provision in it that allows it to craft reconciliation bills that don’t need a super majority to pass. The provision also prevents its bills from being filibustered.

“And the reconciliation package is not infrastructure,” Graham said. “It’s big government, a liberal wish list, paid family leave, all kind of new social programs unrelated to infrastructure.” A bill like this would easily die if it underwent the usual process, which is likely why Democrats have sent it through the Finance Committee.

“So we’ll see if they can get Democratic support,” Graham said. “But before Republicans beat up on the Democrats in Texas for leaving Texas too much, if for some reason they pass reconciliation, budget resolution to bring that bill to the floor of the United States Senate, the $3.5 trillion bill, you’ve got have a quorum to pass a bill in the Senate. I would leave before I would let that happen. So to my Republican colleagues, we may learn something from our Democratic friends in Texas when it comes to avoiding a $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend package. Leave town.”

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