Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wisconsin Republicans Succeed in Curtailing Public Sector Union's Authority

The Democrats did not return, but by removing the spending measures from the legislation the Republicans took away the need for the quorum. This may be reported as a 'surprising' move but it was actually an idea thrown around when the Democrats first fled the state. It may be that the Republicans concluded that the Democrats were not going to come back so they separated out the bill.

Side question; how many of the people who make the 'this is an anti-democratic' statement will realize the incredible irony...

"The Wisconsin Senate succeeded in voting Wednesday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, after Republicans outmaneuvered the chamber's missing Democrats and approved an explosive proposal that has rocked the state and unions nationwide.
The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spends money. But Republicans on Wednesday took all the spending measures out of the legislation and a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly approved the revised bill a short time later.

The unexpected yet surprisingly simple procedural move ended a stalemate that had threatened to drag on indefinitely. Until Wednesday's stunning vote, it appeared the standoff would persist until Democrats returned to Madison from their self-imposed exile.

1 comment:

  1. Wisconsin happenings are a national test case for future political moves. The water is being tested for more to come from Republican Governors of other states. If the citizens accept this situation, then as Boehner spoke, "So be it!"


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