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Lindsey Graham: DHS Shutdown ‘Bad Strategy,’ Republicans ‘Will Get Blamed’

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham insisted that the GOP-led Congress pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security this week, calling the continued resistance of some of his fellow Republicans “bad strategy.”

Homeland Security is set to run out of money on Friday, the result of a Republican attempt to thwart President Obama’s unilateral executive amnesty by denying funding to the agency charged with its implementation.

The House has sent a bill to the Senate that would restore funding to all DHS operations not related to executive amnesty, but that bill would inevitably be stopped by a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. And the White House has so far refused to budge on its plans, betting that the American people will blame Republicans if DHS goes dark.

Graham agrees, on Monday doubling down on his prior statement that the courts, not Congress, will decide the immigration issue.

“Bad strategy,” he told Fox and Friends, referring to the brinksmanship favored by lawmakers like Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

“For God’s sake, don’t shut down the premier homeland security defense line called the Department of Homeland Security,” the senator said. “If we do, as Republicans, we’ll get blamed.”

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