Pictured on the right is State Senate President Scott Fitzgerald who made the promise not to force a vote until the state Dems return.
The Republican leader of the Wisconsin state Senate says there will be no vote on a bill taking away union rights for government workers until Democrats return.
Fourteen Democrats skipped town on Thursday, delaying indefinitely action on the proposal that has led to protests drawing as many as 68,000 people over the past week. One of those Democrats suggested Monday that Republicans might try to pass the restrictions on collective bargaining as part of another bill on Tuesday.
But Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he will not attempt to pass any portions of the bill without Democrats present. The Senate is meeting Tuesday to take up other measures, such as a resolution commending the Green Bay Packers on winning the Super Bowl.
A handful of Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin seemed to hold one of few paths to a compromise that could end a high-stakes stalemate over union rights that has captured the nation’s attention.
Gov. Scott Walker made clear Monday he won’t back off his proposal to effectively eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Senate Democrats who fled the state last week to delay the plan vowed not to come back to allow it to pass – even if they have to miss votes on other bills Tuesday. And union leaders said they would not let up on protests that have consumed Wisconsin’s capital city for a week and made the state the center of a national debate over the role of public employees’ unions. More here…
- “Wisconsin State Senate to Reconvene Without Dems, GOP Leader Says” and related posts (exposingtheleft.blogspot.com)
- Moderate Republicans Offer Deal in Wisconsin (online.wsj.com)
- Wisconsin governor rejects union compromise – USA Today (news.google.com)
- Wisconsin GOP ups pressure on Democrats to return and vote – Deseret News (news.google.com)
- Just three Senators needed to end Wisconsin stalemate (capitolhillblue.com)
- Walker: I’m not backing down (hotair.com)
- For Compromise in Wis., 3 GOP Senators Are Needed (abcnews.go.com)