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Lindsey Graham Defends Vote Against Sandy Aid: "It Was A Pork-Fest"

"The reason I voted against the $60 billion package was because it was full of stuff unrelated to Hurricane Sandy," he added. "I'm not going to ask people to help South Carolina in that fashion."

Posted on October 7, 2015, at 6:19 p.m. ET

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is defending himself after CNN pointed out that he voted against a bill that would have provided federal aid to New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, but it asking for similar aid for his home state, which is currently suffering from historic floods.

"I'm all for helping the people in New Jersey. I don't really remember me voting that way," Graham said to CNN. "Anyway, I don't really recall that, but I'd be glad to look and tell you why I did vote no, if I did."

Graham, however, now has an answer, saying he voted against it because the bill was full of Washington pork.

"It's a very easy answer," Graham said on NewsMaxTV on Wednesday, singling out parts of the aid bill that he said had nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy.

"It was a pork-fest and I voted for a $24 billion bill that the Republicans put up that addressed the needs of Hurricane Sandy," he stated.

"The reason I voted against the $60 billion package was because it was full of stuff unrelated to Hurricane Sandy," he added. "I'm not going to ask people to help South Carolina in that fashion."

"I don't' care what people say," Graham said of people criticizing him, saying he would ask the federal government to spend money to help his state and not unrelated projects.

"That's why people hate Congress so much," he conclude. "The $60 billion package in the name of Hurricane Sandy was a pork-fest and I'm not gonna be a part of that. Republicans are not gonna do and South Carolina is not gonna ask for that."

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