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. fatlip

    C'mon EVERYBODY!!! Sing it with me... cause I'm proud to be an Americaaan... NOT! Republicans are screwing the middle class. Even all those freshman teabaggers are millionaires, now how about you??? I didn't think so. What are the rich going to do when no one has any money to buy the crap they are selling? Hmmm, I'm sure they will figure out a way to screw us some more. Guess I don't have to worry about THAT!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay Smith

    We the people, WE THE PEOPLE! Republicans are giving more of our rights away... More and more! Now, their is no one to speak on the side of the people! These teachers, Police officers, etc. That they are taking away unions from... Not Lazy no bodies... You MINDLESS IDIOTS!

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

      You're the mindless idiot Jay. Do you live in WI? I do! He never, ever mentioned going after collective bargain... and anyone who bashes unions is either a mindless idiot or millionaire... friggin' Beck tool.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Smith

      Dear Tony, Collective Bargaining is now gone in your state.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Way to go Gov Walker!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stu-ster


    March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. katie moore

    This is very simple. Scott Walker stated throughout the duration of this entire issue that the financial provisions in the budget repair bill were critically necessary because WI is broke. Instead, they do whatever means necessary to take away 50 years of peaceful, bi-partisan workers rights in Wisconsin that have been in place since 1959. Let this be VERY clear, this budget repair bill had nothing to do with taking steps to balance the budget in WI, and everything to do with eliminating unions; the only groups working to protect what's left of the middle class.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. moe

    and so begins the demise of the middle class...and our "empire" ...very,very sad
    it has nothing to do with bad teachers, it is all about control...i'm heartbroken

    March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eric

    Unions bankrupted the auto industry. They are bankrupting cities and states with ridiculous retirement and benefits packages. They are killing the entertainment industry. Making it unbelievably expensive to put on an event or tradeshow. And are killing the education system. Shame, shame, shame

    March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justathought

      You are absolutely correct!

      March 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Fields

      Can you actually explain how that works? Back it up with some facts?

      March 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      No I believe this started with the banks and wall street deregulation. Giving out loans that they knew would never fly. Selling them to other banks. Then they could not lend to the Auto industry and they went down. Guess what the Auto Companies paid back their debts last year. Now what are you talking about?
      Now if you are discussing the taking away of bargaining rights of teachers, next will be the firefighters and Police, cause Walker knew he might need them. Bargaining rights are not money and the teachers had already agreed on benefits reduction. You make statements that have no basis of fact or research or validity.

      March 11, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      By the way, when the Auto companies was going down it was the Auto workers that gave up benefits to save it. The stimulus money was paid back last year by GM and Chrysler, Ford did not take any money.

      March 11, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ever Vigilant

    Phase One of the Republican's "Assault On America" has started, in its stripping of working Americans' interests. Now America will REALLY see the demise of the middle class and the "buying of votes" for political favors by the Republicans and those who fill their(Republicans) pockets! Dictatorships and the total discard for the principles of democracy are at hand!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chloe's comments

    This is an attack against democracy and against the people who work for a living. This shows Walker and the GOP's true intention - to create a plutocracy (rule by the wealthy) and to destroy the middle class.

    Americans had better wake up - you are losing your democracy, you are losing your rights. America will become a nation of rich and poor.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LovesAmericans

    Only in the great country of America you can see all real Americans win!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. T

    It's been a cold and snowy winter in Wisconsin. The democrats finallly have to put their hands in their own pockets vs. putting their hands in someone else's. Welcome to the real world my friends.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yeah too bad the Gov. is in the Koch Bros pocket. Notice he has never addressed this topic.

      March 10, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fill

    Voter ID next!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Frank R

    What a travesty of justice. These GOP fools don't realize that they maybe angering people that might not be looking for legal recourse. I have not seen this much hostility between government and US citizens since the Viet Nam war. At that time the frustration of the people lead to over a hundred bombings and several assassination attempts. My hope is that we do not see the People of Wisconsin, who have lost their rights, become the Egypt or Libya of the USA.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    Oh the irony, a budget bill minus the financial aspects! He never cared about the budget, only his agenda.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kdm0828

    good job Walker, long over due since the coward dems cant stay and debate! Illinois can keep the slimy libs

    March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
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