Sen. Lindsey Graham instructed that his Republican colleagues take a web page out of the Texas Democrats’ playbook and stage a walkout if their Senate counterparts attempt to jam their $3.5 trillion finances bundle via with out GOP assist.
Graham (R-SC) mentioned the huge spending plan is designed by Democrats to go the chamber with out one Republican vote utilizing the parliamentary process of reconciliation, which can enable them to dodge the 60-vote filibuster threshold.
“The reconciliation bundle will not be infrastructure. It’s huge authorities, a liberal want listing, paid household go away, every kind of recent social applications unrelated to infrastructure,” Graham mentioned on Fox Information’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“However earlier than Republicans beat up on the Democrats in Texas for leaving Texas an excessive amount of. If for some cause they go reconciliation, a finances decision to convey that invoice to the ground of the US Senate, the $3.5 trillion invoice, you bought to have a quorum to go a invoice within the Senate,” he continued.
“I would go away earlier than I’d let that occur. So, to my Republican colleagues, we could study one thing from our Democratic associates in Texas relating to avoiding a $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend bundle: Depart city,” mentioned Graham, the rating Republican on the Senate Funds Committee.
Graham additionally took a shot at Vice President Kamala Harris who lauded the Texas Democrats who fled the state to fly to Washington, DC, to dam a Republican-led voting reform invoice as “brave” and in contrast them to civil rights heroes.
“Hey, Vice President Harris, when you assume these persons are heroes, effectively, then I anticipate you to point out up and pat us on the again,” Graham mentioned.
He vowed to make use of “every thing in my toolbox to forestall rampant inflation” and blasted the Democratic finances plan as “a tax-and-spend dream of the socialist left.”
“If it takes me not displaying as much as cease that, I’ll do it, as a result of, if we go that invoice, you’re going to have inflation via the roof,” Graham mentioned.
“And in the event that they put legalizing unlawful immigrants in that invoice, you’re going to have an entire run on the border. It will be throwing jet gas on a hearth referred to as unlawful immigration. It will result in an invasion of unlawful immigrants if we put amnesty within the $3.5 trillion invoice,” Graham mentioned.
“So I’d do something I might to cease that,” he continued.
Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer mentioned that he has scheduled votes on the $3.5 trillion finances reconciliation and the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan on Wednesday.