Columbia- Today, South Carolina State Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) issued the following statement in response to a procedural vote taken in the State Senate to place the roads bill on the Senate Calendar for debate.
“It is a sad day in South Carolina”, said Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg). “There was a very clear opportunity today in the Senate to make roads a priority in South Carolina and, sadly, the Senate refused to vote to put the only roads bill we have in the Senate on the calendar for debate. For me, the vote was simple, if you are pleased with the roads in our state, vote no. If you want better roads vote yes. The results indicated to me that roads are not an important issue for some of my colleagues.”
Hutto added “I am proud of those who joined in the fight and voted to put the bill on the calendar. It will continue to be a sad day as long as Governor Haley and her allies continue to block the consideration of legislation to improve our roads.”
“ There is no question roads are the number one issue to the people of South Carolina”, said Senator Joel Lourie (D-Richland). The vote taken today was quite shocking considering everywhere I go throughout the state, I hear from hard working South Carolina citizens how we need better roads. A pot hole in South Carolina doesn’t have a Democrat or Republican label beside it, so it is truly frustrating that we did not vote to put the roads bill on the calendar for debate. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, this is again a South Carolina issue and it is our duty and responsibility as State Senators to address the issues that affect the people of this state” concluded Lourie.