- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

In Wednesday’s undercard GOP presidential debate, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina defended his support for a budget deal that lawmakers passed on Capitol Hill earlier in the day, saying it increases spending for the military and will help the national confront the growing threat of radical terrorism.

House lawmakers passed a budget agreement that would increase spending levels in the 2016 and 2017 and opens the door for a unlimited increase in the nation’s borrowing limit.

More Democrats supported the deal than Republicans.

The proposal now heads to the Senate, where Mr. Graham signaled he is among the Republicans prepared to vote for it.

“This budget, if it is paid for, will put $40 billion back into the defense department at a time we need it,” Mr. Graham said of the budget.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, meanwhile, panned it as a “bad deal.”

“The Republicans never want to fight,” he said.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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