Sen. Graham wants to prioritize spending

Nov. 29, 2009 at 12:15 PM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday the United States should "prioritize American spending" in connection with the war in Afghanistan.

When asked on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" if U.S. residents should pay for the war in Afghanistan, Graham said he supports a review of current spending to determine where U.S. funds would be spent the best.

"Well, I'd like to see an endeavor to see if we can cut current spending and find some dollars that we're spending today to pay for the war, and prioritize American spending," Graham told host Stephanopoulos.

"I think it would be a good exercise for the Congress to look at ways to trim up the spending, which has been out of control since the administration came into power, and prior towards this war, the way it should be," he added.

U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., said if the United States does attempt to help secure Afghanistan, the government should make sure related costs do not impact future U.S. generations.

"We need an Afghan government that resonates with its people, that is not corrupt," Sanders said. "But if you're going to have a presence there, you just can't pass the bill on, as we did in Iraq, to our kids and our grandchildren. I think that's wrong."

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