Today, Senator Tom Davis held the floor for much of the day in an attempted filibuster of the budget. After about five hours, he got his fellow senators to agree to consider a handful of amendments he added late. The Senate is set to go to third reading, in which every section must have an individual recorded roll call vote.
Senator Davis is trying to get the Senate’s attention that the spending plan is higher than it needs to be, he says. The Beaufort Republican who once was chief of staff to Governor Mark Sanford, wants to see leftover funds should go back to taxpayers.
He says the budget is $800 million too expensive, with too much money given to state agencies and colleges for things like economic development offices.
Davis says government has gone too far in the state budget, “and every time you sit by passively and allow an agency of government to expand its role, and every time you allow that to continue in the process, freedom erodes, liberty erodes.”
Davis was fighting to squeeze in new amendments to cut the budget, three weeks into debate. The Senate may meet into the night to get it done.
The Senate does not typically call for one if it members to sit down until that Senator has had his say — an unspoken protocol in that chamber.