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Senate Democrats have fled the state.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/116381289.html

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."

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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?

 

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Charis76

Asked by Charis76 at 10:50 AM on Feb. 18, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • How can we get them to leave the country? For good?
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 10:50 AM on Feb. 18, 2011

  • Good for them!
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 10:51 AM on Feb. 18, 2011

  • LOL jewjew. That should be a forfiet.
    Carpy

    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....

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:55 AM on Feb. 18, 2011

  • They would rather bankrupt their entire state than stand up to the taxpayer funded unions and tell them 'enough already'. Utter cowards. They should all be impeached for going AWOL during this time.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 10:57 AM on Feb. 18, 2011

  • So it would be ok if Republicans did it in the future?
    Charis76

    Comment by Charis76 (original poster) at 11:08 AM on Feb. 18, 2011

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    They would rather bankrupt their entire state than stand up to the taxpayer funded unions and tell them 'enough already'. Utter cowards. They should all be impeached for going AWOL during this time.

    The tax payers are taking to the streets to protest! The UNIONS are made up of TAXPAYING citizens!!

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:08 AM on Feb. 18, 2011

  • Not acceptable. And I'm a Democrat.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:10 AM on Feb. 18, 2011

  • The unions are financially breaking the state with their retirement plans and their healthcare plans. It can't be funded that way anymore. There are not enough non-union taxpayers to pay for it all. The unions are being short-sighted and selfish. It has to stop. There is no money tree. The governor and the rep senators are not being cruel. They are being realistic. When there is no money, you have to stop spending.

    The protestors are union. The supporters are non-union who are tired of supporting the unions and getting nothing for it.

    The democrat senators better report back to work and stop being so childish about this. If the rep senators were doing this, it would be completely wrong, too. They have a job. They need to do it.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 11:17 AM on Feb. 18, 2011

  • I think come Saturday you will see a different element of protest..... the tax payers who agree with the bill are at work and can't just not show up without being fired or are at home with their kids who are not in school because of the schools being shut down.

    Charis76

    Comment by Charis76 (original poster) at 11:29 AM on Feb. 18, 2011

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