On Monday (May 29), Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) vowed to do everything in his power to “undo” the bipartisan debt ceiling bill, describing it as a “disaster” for America’s defense.
Taking to Twitter, Graham declared he would use every “power” at his disposal in the Senate “to have amendment votes to undo this catastrophe for defense.”
He also expressed his “support” for raising the debt ceiling for 90 days to give Congress time to rectify “this disaster for defense.”
The South Carolina Republican described having “total disgust” for the decisions made by political leaders that made it possible to “gut [the nation’s] security apparatus at a time of great peril,” urging Congress to “Take this absurd idea off the table.”
Earlier Monday afternoon, Graham repeated his criticism of the defense spending deal, calling it “welcome news to China” and suggesting it would be at odds with Democrats’ and Republicans’ views that China is emerging as a threat.
He lamented the fall of “Ronald Reagan’s Party,” noting that for more than a year, the GOP “Ridiculed” Biden’s defense spending while highlighting that there weren’t any provisions in the bill to help Ukraine defeat Russia “and make the world more stable.”
He then addressed President Joe Biden, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY.), and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.), asking them what they would do with “national defense” and support for Ukraine.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham warned McCarthy not to cut the defense budget to agree on the debt ceiling.
His comments came before details of the deal were made public.