The filibuster over legislation reauthorizing numerous projects funded with federal stimulus money is over.
Four lawmakers began the filibuster at 4:30 p.m. after Sen. Jim Lembke’s amendment to cut broadband money out the legislation failed. The four lawmakers - Lembke, Sens. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, Brian Nieves, R-Washington, and Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit - say the want to send a message to Washington, D.C. about federal spending.
From KWMU’s Marshall Griffith:
They began blocking the bill Tuesday afternoon after their attempt to shrink the bill by $41 million was rebuffed by the Senate.
But they agreed to sit down after a compromise was reached in which around $14.4 million dollars for weatherization of homes would be sent back to Washington. State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) led the filibuster.
“I think the taxpayers of Missouri and our nation lost tonight,” Lembke said. “If there is any success out of this, it is that we are sending, and will continue to send, a message to the federal government, ‘quit spending money you don’t have.’”