The S.C. House rejected a budget amendment that would have cut $375,358 in funding for the lieutenant governor's security detail on July 1.
Some representatives worried about how to pay for the State Law Enforcement Division agents who would be reassigned if taken off the detail.
The amendment was turned down by a 95-16 vote.
State Rep. Bakari Sellers, the only Democrat to announce a run for lieutenant governor this year, has introduced an amendment to remove $375,358 in proposed funding for a security detail for the state's No. 2 office.
Sellers and Republican hopeful Pat McKinney said they would forgo security if elected.
"I believe it's a waste taxpayers dollars," Sellers said on the House floor.
The money would go back to the general fund, he said.
The S.C. House is going through the $24 billion budget this week, and Sellers' amendments is one of many introduced.