Sen. Graham: GOP should flee D.C. to derail Dem spending package

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on December 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Graham and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) spoke out against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to remove U.S. military forces from Syria. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on December 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he’s considering leaving Washington, D.C. in an effort to derail the passage of a Democrat spending bill, mirroring a recent move by Texas Democrats. On Sunday, Graham said he may travel outside of D.C. to break the quorum the Democrats need to jam their spending package through the Senate.

He suggested all Republican senators walk out of the Senate session as well. This comes after 58 Texas Democrats fled their state in a failed attempt to derail passage of election integrity laws.

Graham said the Democrat spending bill would fund far-left partisan projects at the expense of U.S. national debt and stressed it must be stopped.

“As for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, designed to pass without a single Republican vote, Joe Manchin says that has to be paid for,” said Graham. “The only way you can do that is through a massive tax increase. The reconciliation package is not infrastructure. It’s a big government.”

Graham added some Democrat senators may not be in support of the reconciliation package. He cited Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) who said it’s unclear how this spending bill would be paid for.

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