Despite the government shutdown, Senator Graham continues his focus on ensuring America’s men and women in uniform have the resources they need to defend our country and keep us safe. Senator Graham released the following statement:

“Everyone is convinced they’ll win – but in reality, nobody wins in a government shutdown. The ‘blame game’ makes for great Washington theater, but doesn’t serve the needs of the nation.

“Our military – which desperately needs additional funding as they are already scraping by – doesn’t win. The American people who expect the government to be functioning and operating don’t win. And cynicism about the ability of Congress and the President to solve our nation’s problems increases even further.

“Simply put, there’s no reason to shut the government down and no reason to continue this chaos for the next 30 days. Continuing resolutions are devastating to our military. As General Mattis said this morning, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of the U.S. military than the combination of defense spending cuts and continuing resolutions. He’s exactly right.

It’s time for Congress to follow Graham’s lead and make sure that General Mattis and the Trump administration have the necessary funds to execute their mission of defending America.