Yet for all the activity, Walker's budget-repair bill is bogged down by one fact: Senate Democrats have fled the state. Without the Democrats, the Senate is unable to vote on the bill.
Democratic senators boycotted a Senate vote Thursday on Walker's budget-repair plan, forcing Republicans to put off further action in that house until Friday at the earliest. As of Friday morning, their whereabouts was still unclear.
As the Democrats were hiding out just over the Illinois border Thursday and drawing national media attention, Republicans had too few lawmakers to take a vote and had to adjourn. With thousands of demonstrators swarming the Capitol Square, GOP lawmakers vowed to come back Friday morning to try to take up the proposal, which would help solve a state budget shortfall by cutting public employee benefits and would also take away most public union bargaining rights.
Democrats holed up for a time in the Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center in Rockford, Ill., while Republicans said they wanted law enforcement to bring them to the Capitol if they were still in Wisconsin. Walker called for Democrats to call off their "stunt" and "show up and do the job they're paid to do."
There could be a thousand topics on whats going on in WI right now but what are your thoughts on the fact that the all of the Democrat senators have fled the state to avoid voting?
Answer by jewjewbee at 10:50 AM on Feb. 18, 2011
Answer by butterflyblue19 at 10:51 AM on Feb. 18, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 10:55 AM on Feb. 18, 2011
They are trying to force the repubs to negotiate and stand with their constituients. The pubs said they would negotiate, then said they wouldn't....
Thousands of citizens are protesting the bill....
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:55 AM on Feb. 18, 2011
Answer by May-20 at 10:57 AM on Feb. 18, 2011
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:08 AM on Feb. 18, 2011
Answer by gdiamante at 11:10 AM on Feb. 18, 2011
Answer by May-20 at 11:17 AM on Feb. 18, 2011
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