Wisconsin Assembly Passes Scott Walker Budget Bill
Wisconsin Assembly Republicans Force Through Scott Walker Anti-Union Bill
Wisconsin's state Assembly has passed Governor Scott Walker's controversial "budget repair bill", which strips Wisconsin unions of their collective bargaining power without actually recouping any appreciable amount of money for the state. The vote was held late at night, in order to attract as little attention from demonstrators as possible.
The bill now goes to the state Senate, from which 14 Democrats have walked out in order to deprive the chamber of a quorum.
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The anti-union bill strips workers' collectives of their bargaining power over everything except wages. The only exceptions are a few firefighters' and police unions.
The measure was approved 51-17 when Republicans cut off debate after 60 solid hours of discussion shortly after 1:00 am Friday, in a vote called so abruptly that many Democrats didn't have a chance to take part.