UPDATED 6:50 PM PT – Friday, March 5, 2021
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) urged Joe Biden to keep his campaign promise to reach across the aisle. In a press briefing Friday, Graham expressed frustration with the Biden administration for not stepping in on the issue of coronavirus relief.
Meanwhile, both Republicans and Democrats remain at a standstill on several details of Biden’s nearly $2 trillion relief package. Graham said Biden’s Inauguration Day message fell on deaf ears as Democrats were reluctant to give Republicans any ground.
.@LindseyGrahamSC: “There seems to be a bipartisan breakthrough on changing the unemployment benefits that would save money and would allow us to reopen the country quicker. That break out of bipartisanship has resulted in the Senate coming to a halt.”
— Stephanie Myers (@_StephanieMyers) March 5, 2021
“Instead of trying to bring us together, he’s on the phone making sure a couple of Democrats will not work with the Republicans,” Graham stated. “And that’s so sad. Before Joe Biden got to be president, we worked together pretty damn well and now we’re at a standstill because a couple of Democrats are willing to work with us to change a bill they wrote last night.”
That will make it easier for business to re-open and our economy to rebound from COVID-19.
For that ‘dastardly’ position he has been held hostage for more than 3 hours.
Wondering if the Geneva Convention applies to his status in the U.S. Senate? #SaveJoe
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 5, 2021
In the meantime, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) proposed a counter-proposal, which may have the support of a key Democrat swing-vote, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).