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Sen. Lindsey Graham criticizes McConnell for supporting deal to raise debt ceiling

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham on Sunday continued his criticisms of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for adopting a deal that allowed Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.

“What I’m worried about is that for four months the Republican Senate said we would not lift a finger to help the Democrats raise the debt ceiling. We would make them use reconciliation,” Graham (R-S.C.) said to “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “At the end, we did not make them use reconciliation, which changed the rules of the Senate in a House bill. I don’t like that a lot. … What we did is promised one thing and delivered another.”

McConnell (R-Ky.) had in October said that Republicans would not help Democrats raise the debt ceiling this month. But last week, through a deal made between McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), 14 Republicans joined Democrats in advancing a change to the Senate’s rules, allowing Democrats to raise the debt ceiling without the risk of Republican filibuster.

Before the compromise last week, Graham had reportedly warned his GOP colleagues that McConnell had “led them on a charge up a hill and they were getting shot in the back” on the issue, according to the Hill.

Asked whether it was “really such a big deal” on Sunday, Graham said it was and asserted it would have implications for the midterm elections next year. “It was a big deal to me,” he told Wallace.

“If we’re going to be successful in 2022, we’re going to have to work together as a team. And here’s what I would say to every Republican: If you want to be … a Republican leader in the House or the Senate and you don’t have a working relationship with Donald Trump, you cannot be effective. So, I hope we’ll get on the same page here” [MSN].

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE NATION

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