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Sen. Lindsey Graham comments on government shut down

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A government shut down Friday night prompted a response from Senator Lindsey Graham.

Graham took to twitter Saturday saying he is hopeful both sides can come to an agreement and end the government shutdown soon.

Senator Graham said the move will "guarantee the border security/DACA issue will be brought forward with an open amendment process for resolution no later than February 8th".

Graham was one of five republican senators to vote no on the short-term spending bill, which prompted the shut down.

SC Congressman Ralph Norman also responded to the government shut down. He released this message Saturday afternoon:

"Late last night, the Democrats succeeded with their plan to force a government shutdown.  They are one-hundred percent responsible for this shutdown. Only 6 Democrats in the House and 5 Democrats in the Senate voted against shutting the government down. 60 votes were needed in the Senate to pass this funding bill.

The Democrats are so blinded by their hatred for our President that that turned their backs on funding the government, paying our troops, and extending health insurance programs that cover nearly 9 million children nationwide – each of these policies that most Democrats have consistently voted for and supported over the years.

The fact is, there was not a single item in the spending bill that passed the House that the Democrats oppose. It is unconscionable that Democrats are holding constituents of the 5th District who rely on vital government services hostage for the sake of political posturing.

Over the next few days, and for however long the government is shut down, my offices in Washington and in the 5th district will remain open and fully functioning.  Each member of my dedicated staff has agreed to work their normal hours without pay throughout the shutdown.  We will continue to provide the services that are required by our constituents and encourage them to contact one of our offices if they need anything.”


Affects in the Upstate

The National Weather Service for Greenville Spartanburg sent out a tweet Saturday morning saying the government shutdown will affect their social media presence. 

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