BREAKING NEWS Butte County Sheriff's Office investigating dead body found in Palermo Full Story
SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts

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

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he won't vote for a short-term spending bill -- also known as a continuing resolut...

Posted: Jan 18, 2018 12:26 AM
Updated: Jan 18, 2018 12:26 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he won't vote for a short-term spending bill -- also known as a continuing resolution or CR -- that Republicans are attempting to pass by Friday night to avoid a government shutdown.

The South Carolina Republican continued to push for the bipartisan proposal that he and five other senators pitched to the President last week -- which addresses the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program -- though that plan was rejected.

Lindsey Graham's announcement makes it more difficult to pass a spending bill

Republican leaders need 60 votes when they only control 51 in the chamber

"I'm not going to vote for a CR," Graham told reporters Wednesday. "I want to be fair to the DACA population. I want to begin to fix a broken immigration system. But above all else I want to rebuild the military that's in a great decline. ... And there is no way in the world to fix this problem without dealing with the DACA issue."

Graham's announcement makes it more difficult for Republicans to pass the short-term spending bill in the Senate. With 51 votes in the chamber, the GOP already faced an uphill battle of getting to the magic number of 60 votes to advance the bill, meaning they would need help from Democrats even if all 51 Republicans were to support the bill.

House Republicans introduced a plan Tuesday night that would fund the government until February 16, but it doesn't include a solution ahead of the DACA deadline on March 5, nor does it include a long-term military spending strategy.

Graham said there's enough will to solve both problems now, arguing there's no need to kick the can down the road. "Democrats seem to be willing to increase military spending. Many Republicans are willing to have a DACA fix," he said. "And those who don't want to combine the two are just naive."

Graham joked that at this point he is done with continuing resolutions because "there's four of 'em," referring to the fact they've done four in the last six months. "I think we're back into the land of CRs," he also told reporters.

Emerging from lunch with the Republican caucus, Graham said he told his colleagues he won't be voting for the CR.

White House chief of staff John Kelly criticized the deal that Graham and the rest of the "Gang of Six" came up with, telling reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning that it wasn't bipartisan enough and didn't have sufficient input from the House and Senate.

Pushing back, Graham argued that it would pass in the House if the President would support it. "I will tell General Kelly: I've been doing this for a very long time," he said. "I haven't been fiddling."

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 554388

Reported Deaths: 10307
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2067784967
Riverside40452799
Orange39076720
San Bernardino35452502
San Diego31779586
Kern22626171
Fresno17031171
Alameda13213208
San Joaquin12303211
Santa Clara11475203
Sacramento10795161
Tulare10475196
Imperial9693244
Stanislaus9566161
Contra Costa9022138
Ventura814689
San Francisco743267
Santa Barbara670469
San Mateo6110120
Marin528779
Monterey521235
Merced501264
Kings445356
Solano402940
Sonoma343147
Madera230239
Placer218620
San Luis Obispo209315
Yolo169043
Santa Cruz12386
Butte10958
Napa104610
Sutter9217
El Dorado7291
San Benito7094
Lassen6380
Yuba5884
Shasta41810
Mendocino38010
Colusa3624
Glenn3603
Nevada3221
Humboldt2824
Tehama2761
Lake2202
Amador1642
Mono1531
Tuolumne1522
Calaveras1471
Del Norte990
Siskiyou930
Inyo643
Mariposa602
Plumas340
Modoc50
Trinity50
Sierra30
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
99° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 99°
Oroville
Clear
99° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 100°
Paradise
Few Clouds
99° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 99°
Chester
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 91°
Red Bluff
Clear
108° wxIcon
Hi: 107° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 108°
Willows
Few Clouds
99° wxIcon
Hi: 106° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 99°
Strong heat lasts through Monday with mountain thunderstorms on Monday. The heat backs off by mid-week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events