Sen. Graham sees only half of House GOP supporting deal

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-S.C.) predicted Sunday that only half of House Republicans will support an emerging deal to raise the debt ceiling. 

"I don't see many conservatives getting behind this quite frankly," Graham said on ABC's "This Week." 

"I think half the conference in the Republican House must vote for this," Graham said. "I think that's the minimum because  I like John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE, maybe he can get more — but it's a $3 trillion package that will allow $7 trillion to be added to the debt in the next decade, so how much celebrating are you going to do."

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If a deal gets approved by the Senate, House Speaker John John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE (R-Ohio) will face another difficult task in moving the package through the House. Boehner last week had to rewrite his own proposal to win more conservative votes in order to secure passage. 

Graham said he was "not ready to vote" for the plan being negotiated by Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.), the White House and Senate Democrats. 

"We're going in the wrong direction at a slower pace, and for a lot of people that's not winning," Graham said. 

Graham described the deal as a partial victory at best for Republicans, saying it had changed the culture of debate on raising the debt ceiling but was only slowing down the rate at which government was adding to the debt. 

The senator is a key voice for the debate in the House, as South Carolina's entire House delegation opposed Boehner's initial debt plan earlier this week after Graham and fellow South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint announced their opposition.