Senate Floor Tensions Rise as Graham Criticizes Sinema’s Border Effort

senate floor tensions rise as graham criticizes sinemas border effort
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A heated exchange occurred on the Senate floor when Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) confronted Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) about his vote against advancing the border security deal she helped negotiate. Graham dismissed the deal as a “half-ass” attempt to secure the border, sparking frustration from Sinema.

Sinema questioned Graham’s decision to block debate on the bill, which also encompassed foreign policy spending for Ukraine and Israel, despite his involvement in crafting the bipartisan agreement alongside Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

While Graham acknowledged the deal’s merits, he asserted it fell short of addressing border security adequately. Sinema pressed him on why he prevented the bill from reaching the floor, denying colleagues the chance to propose amendments for improvement.

Graham contended that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) would not have allowed meaningful amendments to pass, summarizing his dissatisfaction bluntly as a “half-ass effort” in addressing border security.

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Sinema attempted further inquiry, but Graham, passionately expressing frustration over the closed-door negotiation process, refused to yield the floor, criticizing the lack of willingness to address the border issue through an open amendment process.

Despite Sinema highlighting Graham’s integral role in the negotiations, Graham maintained his skepticism, alleging that the process lacked bipartisanship and accusing Schumer of rushing the bill through the chamber.

Murphy supported Sinema’s stance, emphasizing Graham’s involvement in shaping the border deal and his staff’s direct participation in negotiating key provisions.

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