Sen. Graham sees only half of House GOP supporting deal

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic 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 BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger 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 Boehner (R-Ohio) will face another difficult task in moving the package through the House. BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE 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 McConnellGOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble 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.