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. GoRemote


    March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Larry

    Elections have consequences. End of story.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Yep. Vote for the candidate based on their platform and record. You know what you"ll get. We knew in November what was coming.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Power to the tax payer! please end these lavish pension plans

    March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny_b

      The teacher's are taxpayers..

      March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Well then let the teachers pay their own like other taxpayers.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Todd Lewis

    This is what happens when you vote Republican. This is what happens when you support vile organizations like the Tea Party.

    The middle-class always gets screwed. STOP VOTING REPUBLICAN IN ALL ELECTIONS!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      This isn't "screwing" the middle-class at all. It's just taking the ridiculous collective bargaining rights away from a small percentage of the population, leaving them bargaining rights on pay. So they can't demand a new desk or carpeting anymore. Boo hoo. Now they have to live in reality with the rest of us.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marge

    Just goes to show what a liar he is because he told the public he needed the bill to stop collective bargaining which would help the budget. Now he strips it from the original bill because it is fiscal. Well he has done one thing. He has made sure the 8 senators will get that recall now. AND next January he will be recalled. THEN all the Democrats who will be in majority have to do is pass another bill restoring everything this maniac has taken out.

    And another thing. There has got to be someone else who is pulling the strings on this guy because he hasn't got enough brains to figure this out. He might have won this skirmish but he has given the people of Wisconsin more incentive to get rid of him. And the next thing they will go after the corporations who are in charge.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LovesAmericans

    "I am the captain" – Homer Simpson

    March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. margd

    Well, I guess that proves it wasn't about the budget doesn't it?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      He gave them plenty of time.

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

    Its not even about the budget! Its about privatizing the public sector! Gov. Walker is gonna sell the schools to corporations. So is Gov. Daniels R-IND. Can you imagine schools being owned by special interests companies and corporations? What is happening to our values for education?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • DWS

      The public schools already ARE owned by a special interest group – the National Eduction Association, which has twaddled our children with the nonsencial belief that the "process is the important thing," and the "right answer," irrelevant.

      No wonder Johnny can't read. He can't write, either, and his sister Susan doesn't know dork about how to add. Never mind they are twins, facing HS graduation in 7 weeks.

      I respect teachers – I was one for 10 years – but they are in general overpaid, underintelligent, overblown, and say nothing of boasting GRE scores that are just about average (for an 11 year old).

      Tie pay to RESULTS (smart kids who can actually read, write, add, subtract) and I'll start listening.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GOPsucks

    The fight begins. Enjoy your short term victory GOP because 2012 is going to be a disaster for you. This is going to motivate dems across the country and bring back any of the stray republican voting union members.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philly

    Thank god! Someone finally beat public sector unions! I think that this is a little extreme, but the message outweighs the bill. We are tired of public unions getting cushy benefits!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Norm

    It is time for the people of WI to get serious and overthrow the government just as the people of the Middle East are doing.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ProperModulation

      Of course, violence, the first tactic of the leftists

      March 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick Inhande

      Go home teabagger.

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

      Go home socialist!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ladyrantsalot

    Did the part of the bill transferring the state's assets to the Koch family pass?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      No – but Soros dollars couldn't bale them out this time!

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

    How does it taste Dems?


    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Republican dirty tricks have always tasted the same. Hollow, stale. Rotten. Like the hearts of their followers. Anyone who LOL's at other people losing their rights deserves to be lynched in front of a laughing mob. Only then would you "get a taste" of the evil in your own heart – Nordeezy

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

      Whose rights? The right to have free healthcare and pensions – or the rights of others not to be forced to pay for them? Truth is clear.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jon

    Before the sudden votes, Democratic Sens. Bob Jauch said if Republicans "chose to ram this bill through in this fashion, it will be to their political peril. They're changing the rules. They will inflame a very frustrated public."

    Kind of like the health care bill?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mosquito Valentino

      The Healthcare bill is a good thing though, a majority of the nation doesn't know what they want. Weird how a democrat coining that statement is acceptable!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Not at all like the Healthcare bill. There was debate and real compromise on that. This was a sham the way it was reported by Walker, a sham the way it was passed and every Republican who wants his party to be in power will regret this after falling into a permanent minority after being thrown out by the public.

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

    This is what this governor wanted all along. If he had just come out and stated this, then I would have respect for him. He is a jerk and I hope he is recalled.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
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