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GOP's Lindsey Graham: 'Measured Response' Is No Money for Amnesty

By    |   Tuesday, 18 November 2014 01:56 PM

A "measured response" to President Barack Obama's threat to use an executive order on immigration would be for the House to deny him the funds to carry out his plan, said Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Graham told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" the House should not "capitulate," nor should lawmakers "overreact," if Obama issued an executive order on immigration. He said it would be "dangerous" to impeach the president or to "shut the government down in reaction to an executive order."

"I think you can defund that part of the federal government that would implement the executive order, if he goes down that road, and fund the rest of the government. That seems to be a measured response," the South Carolina Republican said Tuesday.

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If lawmakers defund Obama's plan to allow millions of illegal citizens to stay and work in the U.S., he said the House could then work on a "comprehensive deal, even piece by piece deal."

Once Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress in January, Graham also suggested initiating changes to Obamacare through a "budget reconciliation process, if possible, to repeal the entire law," but admitted it probably would not "get through President Obama."

In that case, Graham said Congress should begin to "take the law apart" and go after the "components of the law and come up with our own view of what healthcare should look like."

He said he believed redefining the 30-hour workweek to 40 hours and repealing the medical device tax would gain Democratic support, even if Obama opposed those changes.

"I think the medical device tax would survive a veto. I think the 40-hour workweek — part-time work becoming 40 hours, would survive a veto. I really do," he said.

However, Graham said he thought there would not be enough Democratic votes for the Keystone XL pipeline to survive a veto by the president.

"We'll take a vote today to move forward on the bill. I think we'll get 60 votes to proceed. And, it will pass, but the president's most likely to veto it, and we probably won't be able to override his veto," he said.

With the deadline for talks with Tehran about Iran's nuclear program approaching in the next few days, Graham said he feared the Obama administration was "going to give away the farm to Iran," and compared it to the situation with North Korea's nuclear program.

"We're going to give them an enrichment capability, just like we did with North Korea, with the theory being the U.N. will watch over it and can control it to make sure it can never be turned into a weapons program.

"You get the exact same outcome you did in North Korea, a small program monitored by the U.N., that one day resulted in nuclear weapons in the hands of North Korea. I fear the same outcome here," Graham said.

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A "measured response" to President Obama's threat to use an executive order on immigration would be for the House to deny him the funds to carry out his plan, said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 01:56 PM
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