By Silla Brush and Eric Zimmermann - 06/28/09 12:19 PM EDT
On NBC's "Meet the Press," Graham argued against the $787 billion fiscal stimulus package that passed Congress earlier this year with only three Senate Republican votes in support.
Graham then took aim at the climate-change bill that passed the House on Friday evening on a 219-212 vote, with 44 Democrats opposed and eight Republicans in favor.
"The climate change bill was Tom DeLay, banging heads," Graham said. "The process was beating people up and making them vote for something."
The message hews closely to Republican arguments that legislation to overhaul healthcare is already bogged down in partisan squabbling. David Axelrod, the president's top political adviser, said on Sunday that the bill would be bipartisan, saying that the process already includes 83 Republican amendments being considered in committee work.
Senate Finance Committee ranking member Sen. Charles GrassleyChuck GrassleyDozens of senators push EPA for higher ethanol mandate Civil liberties group mobilizes against surveillance amendment Brother may I? Congress must reform senseless drug regulation MORE (R-Iowa) shot back that those amendments were just technical questions, not policy changes.
"When we're restructuring 16 percent of our economy, that's what healthcare is, and we're affecting every person in this country, then we ought to have bipartisan support," Grassley said.