The idea: government should fund only core services.
This prompted lively debate and support for ETV’s programming from both sides of the aisle. Senior GOP lawmakers tried to stop debate on a point of order, which was overruled. Mulvaney’s point is that lawmakers “need to make hard choices,” including cutting TV programming to fund public safety.
The amendment was tabled. Soon after, Phil Leventis of Sumter defended the idea that “Quality of life is also a priority for the people we represent, ” he says, ” If we eliminate ETV and vocational rehab and other smaller agencies, then we undermine the ability to grow our economy.”
But Mulvaney was given another chance to speak on the issue–and, in essence, redeem himself to the Senate Majority leader, Harvey Peeler, who took issue with the idea that the Senate Finance Committee has not made the hard choices with this budget
(Peeler gives Mulvaney a chance to clarify, “take that back” MP3 1:06)
Peeler gives Mulvaney a chance “to take that back” MP3 1:06