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Graham against Senate's stimulus package

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says the $827 billion stimulus package the Senate is expected to pass this week is a mix of bad politics and bad spending.

The South Carolina Republican plans to vote against the bill.

Graham said Monday there's too much money for increasing the size of government and pet legislative projects. He says too little of the funds go where they're needed most, to help banks saddled with failed loans and a slumping housing market.

Graham says both Congress and President Obama let the country down with the current plan. The House earlier passed a $819 billion version of the package. Once the Senate approves, the plans must be reconciled.

Graham is disappointed with what he calls an orgy of government spending.

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