Bill cutting collective bargaining passes in Wisconsin
Republican Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald speaks to reporters following a session of the State Senate at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
March 9th, 2011
07:47 PM ET

Bill cutting collective bargaining passes in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Republican-led state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker's proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees Wednesday, getting around a Democratic walkout by stripping financial provisions from the "Budget Repair" bill.

"Tonight, the Senate will be passing the items in the Budget Repair Bill that we can with the 19 members who actually do show up and do their jobs," Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the chamber's Republican majority leader, said in a statement announcing the move.

Senators were able to move ahead by voting only on the non-financial aspects of Walker's proposed bill, which requires fewer members for a quorum. But the move drew howls of outrage from outside the chamber, where pro-union demonstrators chanted "Shame, shame," as the bill passed.

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- CNN's Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.

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  1. Joey

    Well I'm not exactly in support of the things in this bill, I do support this particular action. The fact that the democratic senators haven't shown up for works in 2 weeks is beyond disrespectful, and insulting to the political process. People are giving Gov Walker a hard time, at least he shows up to do the job that he was elected to do! Now he is the best governor, absolutely not, but at least he puts forth an effort!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carl

    Second Term for Obama
    I dont care what the repubs say, Obama will get a second term. Run Newt, Run.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • LovesAmericans

      LOL!!!! What a joke!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lynn

    Apparently the cheese-heads and Republicans don't understand what Unions have done for this country. No more 7 day work/week, child labor laws, paid holidays, plus a living wage. Upper management needs to recognize who is doing the work for their mega salaries plus bonuses. If the Unions are broken, be prepared for nasty strikes.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • CENUF

      This bill was overwhelmingly unpopular in Wisconsin. Walker is Walking all over Wisconsin to get ahead in the Republican party, and to pay off his corporate friends.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Go ahead and strike my friend. Then you can begin looking for a new job which Obama has not been creating with his ridiculous uncontrolled spending spree.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 1mjk

    All of you on all sides need to watch the Rachel Maddow segment on "It's not about the budget." This is about your teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers and all workers. It is not about socialism/fascism or liberalism/conservatism, or Republican/ Democrat. It is about money and corporations and an attack on democracy and it is playing out nation-wide and in your hometown. It is about greed.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Seneca

    It is funny how republicans yell about taking the teet out of everyones mouth until that teet is the one they suckle at.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Walker is the Stupidest Governor in America !

    Thanks Walker you have just sealed yours and the GOP's fate come next elections ! You have just sparked a backlash that will boot you idiots right out of office in the next elections ! Thank you Walker for overreaching , you have just insured that 2012 will be great for Democrats ! Don't get too comfortable because you and your friend's won't be there long !

    March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ar

      doubt it! Byebye freeloader!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walker is the Stupidest Governor in America !

      Ar how dare you ! I own my own business , and you have the nerve to call me a freeloader ! I employ people like you ! Keep your gloating up, you will be crying next election that's for sure !

      March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • lori duffy

      AMEN!!! This is just scary business!!!! What is wrong with the Republican party???

      March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • to each

      perhaps you missed the crushing landslide that was the last election. dems thought that their agenda was what the people wanted, but found out different. the people voted you do you explain that?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thinker

    My sympathies to the people of wisconsin. The republicans in your state are pure trash. I hope you recall all of the republicans. You have been screwed.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kdm0828

    get a job you union bums!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      I realize you are just trolling, but just in case you're serious...

      You think people with college degrees that work as educators don't have "real jobs"? Just clarifying.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Malcolm

    Way to go, short-sighted Republicans in Wisconsin! You've done more to encourage union membership and the resurrection of the Democratic party than anything Obama could have done. Of course, you've sacrificed the lives of thousands of Wisconsin middle-class citizens along the way. Anyone see the irony in the simultaneous spread of "democracy" in the Middle East and its destruction in the mid-west?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BeenWaitingforSanity

    For all your complaining about how the Wisconsin State Govt doesn't have the people in mind, have you forgotten they won the election just a few short months ago? Running on this platform? We're in this mess because of the desire for free money by all our citizens from bankers to unions to no-money-down homeowners. Its everyone's fault and trying to pretend otherwise just makes you look like a fool.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      They did not run on busting the unions.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Angela


    March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bud montgomery

    How is it they keep their jobs? Something wrong here with the system ... If I walked off my job I would loose my job so why aren't politicians held to same standard???

    March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      If you are going to write something disgracing ANYTHING/ONE please learn how to spell. It is lose not loose. Dumb republicans.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    Oh the irony, a budget bill minus the financial aspects! Disgraceful.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ricksok1


    March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • LovesAmericans

      Ricola!!!!! LOL!!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Donald Kimball

    I thought this whole debate was about fiscal concerns and the Wisconsin budget and that removing collective bargaining was somehow important for the budget. If Republicans are separating collective bargaining from their budget bill, it seems to me like they're saying collective bargaining is no longer a fiscal issue.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
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