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Senate Democrats in Wisconsin failed to show up Thursday for a vote on a "union-busting" bill that has prompted police officers to launch a dragnet for the missing lawmakers.
Republicans hold a 19-14 majority but a vote cannot be taken until at least one Democratic senator is present.
"It's kind of unbelievable that they're elected to do a job and they wouldn't show up to do it," Republican Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald told Fox News.
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Madison — Law enforcement officers are searching for Democratic senators boycotting a Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair plan Thursday in an attempt to bring the lawmakers to the floor to allow Republicans to act on the bill.
As Republicans denounced the move, one Democratic senator said that he believed most of the members of his caucus are in another state.
n a telephone interview, Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) declined to give his location but acknowledged that at least one other Democrat was with him. He said that law enforcement would be able to compel him and his members to the Senate floor if they are located in Wisconsin.
"I can tell you this - we're not all in one place," Miller said. "This is a watershed moment unlike any that we have experienced in our political lifetimes. The people have shown that the government has gone too far . . . We are prepared to do what is necessary to make sure that this bill gets the consideration it needs."
Originally posted by mydarkpassenger
reply to post by Mapkar
In this case, I think the Dems are doing the best thing possible. If one needs a place to sleep, I'm offering a spare bedroom.
That bill is idiotic.
This is from a gun-toting Reagan Republican.
That type of thinking is what has saddled us with the federal reserve and income taxes. While I believe the demonkrats running away like that is deplorable, I also believe that quorum rules exist for a reason.
Originally posted by searching4truth
What a bunch of panty wastes!!!!!!!!!
Go do your damn job, vote yea or vote nay, but vote. What the heck to they plan to accomplish by avoiding doing their job?
You know what, that's fine, the government needs to then enact some sort of rule for the future that voting will take place with those present and pass/fail based on the ratio or number of present members, because avoiding work is b.s.