Nobody else is making a deal. But Graham has a big problem standing in his way.
Right now, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina looks like the only lawmaker in Congress trying to make a deal that would re-open the federal government.
In the Senate Friday night, in a desperate but ultimately failed attempt to avert a government shutdown, Graham was the main character. He had started the evening shuttling between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), eating a little dinner with each — the Republican leader had pepperoni pizza, Schumer had chicken, Graham told reporters.
On the Senate floor, with a procedural vote on the House Republican spending bill short on support as expected, Graham was in the middle of a throng of 13 Republican and Democratic senators trying to cut a deal. As the clock neared midnight, Graham was surrounded by the better part of the Democratic caucus, making an impassioned plea to Schumer to prevent the shutdown.
He failed, of course. Senate Republicans and Democrats were reportedly coalescing around a deal to fund the government for three weeks — instead of the House plan’s four — and set up floor movement on immigration legislation to fix the DACA issue, which is the source of Democratic frustration and the minority’s willingness to shut the government down. It came up short, reportedly because House conservatives were unwilling to take up the plan that Graham had been negotiating with Democrats.
But on Saturday morning, Graham was still at it. He is pushing the proposal to fund the government through Feb. 8 — a bill that McConnell is setting up a vote on — alongside a handshake deal for an open immigration debate before then
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