Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested Tuesday “that the party should accept a compromise proposal on funding the government through the end of this fiscal year in order to avert a potentially damaging shutdown,” The Hill reports.
"I don’t think a government shutdown is politically in the Republican Party’s interest," Graham said during an interview on WVOC Radio in South Carolina.
"What is in our interest is to be the party that is making hard decisions like you do at home," the senator said. "If we stay on message there and ask for reasonable things to get this reducing government started in 2011, I think we will do well in 2012. If the Democrats come 70 to 80 percent our way, as Ronald Reagan said, that’s a pretty good deal. We’ll get the 20 to 30 percent later."