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Sen. Lindsey Graham

  • Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he won't vote for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. He expressed concerns about her record despite supporting her confirmation as an appeals court judge last year. The South Carolina senator's announcement Thursday was expected after he criticized Jackson during her four days of hearings last week. But it gives Democrats one less Republican vote as they seek bipartisan backing for President Joe Biden's pick to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. Graham, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were the only three Republicans to vote to confirm Jackson on the appeals court in 2021.
  • President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats say they are hoping for a bipartisan vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. That won't be easy, but some Republicans have expressed an openness to voting for Biden's nominee, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and would be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. Democrats will also keep an eye on their own moderate flank, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. But neither has indicated, so far, that they would vote against Biden's choice.
  • The list of Republicans willing to support President Joe Biden's forthcoming nominee to the Supreme Court "is longer than you would initially imagine," the Senate's second-ranking Democrat recently teased to reporters.Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin declined to name names. But it's clear that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is near the top of the list.
  • Congress has given final approval to legislation guaranteeing that people who experience sexual harassment at work can seek recourse in the courts. It's a milestone for the #MeToo movement that prompted a national reckoning on the way sexual misconduct claims are handled in the U.S. The measure is expected to be signed by President Joe Biden. It bars employment contracts from forcing people to settle sexual assault or harassment cases through arbitration rather than in court. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has spearheaded the legislation. She calls it "one of the most significant workplace reforms in American history."
  • Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham say it'd be good if the person named to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer doesn't have an Ivy League degree. The bipartisan message from the South Carolina lawmakers aligns with the background of a South Carolina judge they've praised as a good candidate for the seat. Eight of the court's nine current members attended law school at Harvard or Yale. President Joe Biden has pledged to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. Clyburn says Biden should be concerned about the court's lack of educational diversity, too. Graham tells CBS "It's OK" to get your law degree at a public university.
  • U.S. Sen Lindsey Graham has returned to where his political career started to ask South Carolina lawmakers to pass a proposal amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. Graham says states need to put pressure on the U.S. House and Senate to stop them from spending more money than they take in. He spoke from the second floor lobby of the Statehouse, where his political career began as a South Carolina House member. State lawmakers say they are working on drafting an amendment to join the roughly two-dozen states that have already passed some form of a balanced budget amendment.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 19, 2021, we look at Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) comments about his recent trip to the southern border, the future of the bipartisan infrastructure bill in Congress, and what the Virginia governor's race could mean for the 2022 midterm elections. Also in this episode: the latest on broadband expansion in the state; updates on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine boosters shots; and more.
  • This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 24, 2021, features: comments from the state Congressional delegation on the $1.2 trillion Senate infrastructure bill, earmarks, and Afghanistan; the latest data from DHEC on climbing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations; Pfizer's vaccine gets full approval from the FDA; and more.
  • As he recovers from a breakthrough infection of the coronavirus, Sen. Lindsey Graham says he has urged former President Donald Trump to press his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • He's the second SC member of Congress to announce he's COVID-positive this week.