House Still Committed to Fixing Roads
Amends Sine Die Resolution to address infrastructure reform
(Columbia, SC) – House Speaker Jay Lucas (District 65-Darlington) issued the following statement after the House amended its sine die resolution to allow debate of H. 3579, the House Infrastructure Repair and Reform bill. The House-passed roads plan cleared the House on April 16th by an overwhelming vote of 87-20, but has faced significant roadblocks in the Senate.
“The people of South Carolina and the business community have demanded we fix our roads and the House has taken every measure possible to make this happen. By passing today’s amended resolution, we are giving the Senate yet another opportunity to address our state’s number one need. Delaying action ignores the will of the people and neglects the single greatest issue facing our economy.”
Today’s action by the House allows the Senate to debate, amend and pass the House bill if the Upper Chamber agrees to do so. The amendment was introduced in the House by a bipartisan group of 85 cosponsors and successfully passed with more than the required 2/3rds vote.
“The strong support this measure received in the House proves that fixing our roads is not and should not be a partisan issue. It’s a South Carolina issue and requires immediate attention. There is no excuse for the Senate to continue to delay progress and we look forward to working with them as they craft a mutually agreeable, responsible plan.”