Sen. Graham sees only half of House GOP supporting deal

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says FBI chief 'committed to being helpful' after Trump criticism Democrat flips GOP-held state House seat in South Carolina Ron Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes 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 BoehnerWary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Bottom line Cheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future 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 BoehnerWary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Bottom line Cheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future 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 McConnellOn The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' Overnight Health Care: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal | US records deadliest day of summer | Georgia governor drops lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal 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.