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Lindsey Graham, Obama Administration at Odds Over Military Aid Package to Israel

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Monday, 12 Sep 2016 10:43 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham and the Obama Administration are at loggerheads over a military aid package for Israel — a disagreement that has turned profane with the South Carolina senator firing off an abbreviated curse word.

"The Israeli prime minister told me the administration is refusing to sign … until I agree to change my appropriation markup back to $3.1 billion. I said, 'Tell the administration to go F themselves,'" Graham said, according to The Washington Post.

At issue, an historic $3.3 billion military aid agreement that would increase U.S. money to Israel for a 10-year period, beginning in 2018. Graham, who chairs of the Senate appropriations subcommittee, has already OK'd a bill that would give Israel $3.4 billion next year.

But the Post says the White House is "reluctant" to sign because officials are upset Graham doesn't want to go along because he believes the White House should butt out.

Graham, who chairs of the Senate appropriations subcommittee, has already OK'd a bill that would give Israel $3.4 billion next year.

"I'm offended that the administration would try to take over the appropriations process. If they don't like what I'm doing, they can veto the bill," Graham told The Post.

"We can't have the executive branch dictating what the legislative branch will do for a decade based on an agreement we are not a party to."

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