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Democrats promise more debate, suspicious of Governor's motives


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UPDATE: The assembly has been hearing amendments for nearly 40 hours, continuing past the midnight into Thursday morning. The assembly is in the process of hearing 18 amendments on giving workers at jails an exception to the removal of collective bargaining.

Each amendment gives a different jail the exception. The same is also true for 14 different tech college amendments. Each amendment gets 10 minutes of debate before being tabled. Republicans say they're fed up with the stall tactics.

"This is one of the longest floor sessions in the state of Wisconsin history. It's ridiculous! They're stalling, they don't' want to take the vote. The people of Wisconsin have spoken, they want to get government back in line. They want us to settle the budget," said Representative Joel Kleefisch.

Kleefisch says they've heard about 50 amendments so far, and there's at least that many to go.

"That is what taking collective bargaining rights away does to people. They don't even get to talk about it. If the employer says no health insurance, they don't get any. That's despicable ," said Representative (D) Mark Radcliffe.

Democrats say they will keep the amendments coming.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Leading assembly Democrats said debate over Governor Walker's controversial budget repair bill could go on for days, and registered concern about Walker's comments on trickery and tactics in a revealed, private phone call.

Assembly minority leader Peter Barca referenced a congressional session of ninety hours when asked by WKOW27 News how long democrats could sustain their filibuster-type approach to the debate over Walker's plan to dismantle most collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Barca and others said the governor's comments in a private telephone call that was made public have given democratic lawmakers new momentum, and pause as to whether they would be subjected to legislative sleight of hand.   In the call between Walker and a person he thought to be a wealthy campaign contributor, the possibility of tricking absent democratic state senators was discussed.

Republican lawmakers continued to express confidence that no matter how long it took, there would be a vote to approve Walker's plan to repair an immediate budget deficit and give school administrators, mayors and other officials the tools to lower labor costs to absorb coming cuts in state assistance.


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