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. BMB

    This just in...Obama win Wisconsin in 2012!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MidasJive

      Hardly, Obama will be swept out of office and into the trashbin of history in 2012. Desevably so too, he is a huge liar. He has reversed himself on 90% of th issues he campaigned on. Thank God we stopped him and his anti-American policies in 2010.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    So tell me... how is this going to help the economy? The problem is still the same. We have an undereducated, low skill workforce that still cannot keep up on a global market. Scapegoating government workers and unions so that the top 20% population can get even more than the 50% of the money this country makes each year is not going to help the majority of Americans.

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

      You are wrong, Chris. Your laments are half-accurate (doubtless you are rending your toga as you write), but much of this misery (uneducated work force, etc.) was CAUSED by the folks we are overpaying in, yep, you guessed it, their government jobs!

      Tie pay to performance and I'll listen, but your rant is intellecutally dishonest in the extreme, and factually incorrect to boot.

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

    The senators who fled the state are the real looser and who elected them are also real loosers. People elelcted them to fight for them, not to run and hide out side the state. they get paid for this? if I did this my employer would have fired my ass the next day. and these senators needs to be recalled

    March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    about time,

    how is rioting and acting childish by running away to a different state a good way to support anything?

    Especially for something that strips away public employees ability to collectively bargain for tax payer money when the state is broke.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lynn2mary

    Steam rolled thru! This isn't democracy. This smells like autocracy. The Right has done this kind of thing before. That's what lead to fascist takeovers.

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

      You must be referring to Obamacare. Steamrolled through? Check. Fascist takeoff? Check and Check.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wayland Yan

    Republicans were in charge when Bush was their leader, they started two unnecessary wars, cut taxes for the very wealthy and in the process more than doubled our national debt and their "free market" ways allowed one of the biggest financial disasters in U.S. history, the mortgage debacle that cost the taxpayers another 3 trillion in corporate bailout money. Now they're out to gut the bargaining rights of union workers. The only people applauding are the fools who are barely making it and voting against their own best interests without realizing it. They're the clueless ones who are swallowing all the misinformation Limbaugh and Fox tells them without question. If those fools think union teachers and policemen have it so easy why don't they go into those career fields themselves?

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

      Uh, factcheck-
      Bush didn't start the war aginst Islamic Terrorism and those that support it- remember 9/11? We were already in Iraq, too, remember the Saddam Kuwait invasion and how he continually thumbed his nose at the UN ?

      During Bush's term (excluding TARP in 2008, 800B, see below) the debt did not double, nowhere near it.

      The Republicans responsible for the mortgage meltdown? Fool, watch YouTube -"Democrats in their own words", can you say Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.

      3T in corporate bailout? When was that? 800 B in TARP funds has largely been paid back, and instead of using the $s to pay down the debt OBAMA just spends it. FNMA, FRMC bailout so far total around $200B – everyone knows their losses stemmed from liberal lending policies championed by Dems (see Frank, Dodd above)

      Unions don't have collective bargaining in US Gov. Clinton signed that one. Come on man, if you are taxpayer of a state that's in deficit, then you surely realize that State must balance the budget or borrow money, they can't print it. WI citizens are standing up and saying, by electing conservative Gov. and Reps. that they want a balanced budget. You should commend the Gov. for doing what needs to be done to balance the budget. Compared to teachers, etc. in other states the WI gov. workers had it much better.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Emmitt

    Republicans here are dishonorable, false-pious frauds

    March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Donna Nederloe

    This is a sad day for residents of Wisconsin. My hope is that the middle class rises up and recalls those who are responsible for this travesty. Bought and paid for politicians don't serve the best interests of the people they are elected to serve. Join Russ Feingold in his attempt to limit Corporation's influence in government! Greed will be the downfall of this great country.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kdm0828

    shut em down, Ohio, UP NEXT!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rich

    This is a clear violation of the law.

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

      And what law would that be? Tell us. We'd all like to know.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nordeezy

    Ah man, this TOOOOOO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!

    Meanwhile in Illinois, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rob

    Progress at last. Hopefully, this will be the first step towards breaking the union stranglehold on America and shifting the power back to the skilled worker. I can negotiate my own pay raise without paying union dues!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eric S

    Great job! good to see a Gov doing what he promised to do.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mark in nyc

    oh, those kooky republicans. always fu**ing over the american population, either at the national, state or local level.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jim

    just have everyone who dosnt like the governor file a personal lawsuit against him. that way he is kept in check by everyone who really cares about this. boy am i glad im not a wisconsin resident.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
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