Ukraine Crisis

Graham Offers to 'Help' Kerry With Boehner on Ukraine Sanctions

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, R, offered his help with the GOP House of Representatives on a stalled Ukraine assistance bill in a hot-mic moment with Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday.

After Kerry finished an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee, microphones caught Graham telling Kerry: "Hey John, good job! Let me know what I can do to help you with [GOP House Speaker John] Boehner."


The House passed Ukraine assistance legislation earlier this week, but Senate leaders rejected it on Wednesday, making for a familiar bit of congressional gridlock. The House and Senate bills differ over reforms to the International Monetary Fund and sanctions on Russians involved in the incursion into Ukraine.

Graham has been a persistent critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, but he's also been a proponent of expediting aid to Ukraine.