The Daily Caller reports that Senate Democrats in Wisconsin have fled rather than take part in a vote passing a budget repair bill.
Law enforcement authorities have been dispatched to bring back just one Democratic Senator required for a quorum.
Sergeant of Arms went door to door to find Democratic senators. 27 News went with Sergeant of Arms to every Democratic senators’ office and no one is there.
NBC-15 of Madison, Wisconsin reported that the 14 Democratic Senators have left the state rather than participate in a vote.
The reason they have left the state is because the Senate has the power to issue a Call of The House, which would send the Wisconsin State Patrol to bring absent Senators in.
The source tells us that the Senators say they understand this is an extreme move, but their feeling is that the legislation is extreme, and they’re doing what they can to slow things down.
According to The Blaze, one GOP Senator said the Democrats have “all boarded the same bus and left the state,” placing them outside the jurisdiction of Wisconsin authorities. That same Senator said she sent most of her staff home out of concern for their safety.
Meanwhile, protesters cheered Assembly Democrats wearing orange T-shirts proclaiming their support for “working families”, according to NBC-15.
Republicans control the Assembly, but hundreds of protesters jammed the hallways around the chamber anyway and shouted “Kill the Bill” as lawmakers filed to the floor for a roll call before breaking for party meetings.
Democrats showed up in orange T-shirts that proclaimed they support working families. After the roll call, Democrats on their way out exchanged high-fives with protesters, who cried out “thank you” as they walked by. The protesters unleashed venomous boos and screams at Republicans as they left the chamber.
As Republican Senators tried to start debate, protesters in the balcony yelled “Freedom! Democracy! Unions!”
According to the Daily Caller, the progressive group Organizing for America, has gotten involved in the protest “filling buses and running phone banks for unions in Wisconsin.”
Schools are closed in Madison for the second consecutive day due to “absences” – i.e., teachers protesting on the street.
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