MADISON – To Republican Assembly members, it was time. From Democrats to their counterparts, it was “Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame!”
As Republicans walked out of the State Assembly chambers early Friday morning following the passage of Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill that – among many other provisions – would strip most public workers of many of their collective bargaining rights, the repeated screams of “Shame!” were the words screamed by orange-shirted Democratic counterparts.
It was very dramatic. Pandemonium. Chaos inside the state assembly.
After more than 60 hours of debate and 86 proposed amendments, Republicans said it was time to vote.
Shortly after 1:00 a.m., after more than 60 hours of debate on this, the Republicans quickly called for the vote, which ended all debate.
Some of the Democrats were so taken aback by what had happened, they didn’t get a chance to vote.
The vote happened so fast, within seconds, that the bill pass with Republican voting for it, but while they were voting, Democrats kept yelling, “No! No! You can’t do this!”
Republicans kept on voting, and within seconds, the bill had passed 51-17.