Graham: Biden’s calls for unity rings hollow

Graham: Biden’s calls for unity rings hollow

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 05: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate continues to debate the latest COVID-19 relief bill. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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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.

 WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate continues to debate the latest COVID-19 relief bill. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 05: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate continues to debate the latest COVID-19 relief bill. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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.

“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.”

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.).

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