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(MADISON) – Monday night, despite a gathering of at least 1,000 protestors at the State Capitol, Wisconsin GOP members on the State’s Budgetary Committee moved forward with three bills that would seriously limit the abilities of Governor Elect Tony Evers as well as incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul.
The bills were set to be discussed in an Extraordinary Session starting today at 11:00 am. However, over the course of the day, Senate Republicans have asked for more time and repeatedly met behind closed doors. In response to the ongoing delays Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:
“I suspect that Republican leadership is having trouble convincing their own members to vote yes for some of the provisions in the remaining democracy killing bills. In addition to forcing this on voters, they have likely tried to ram them through their own caucuses. My fear is that these closed door sessions mean the bills could actually get worse.
But, people are fighting back. Whether members of the public, who were kicked out of the gallery today for wanting transparency or the consistent barrage of phones calls received from around the state demanding that legislators vote no on these bills. They may not think so now, but these are potentially career ending votes that Republicans are about to take.”
“I urge the people of Wisconsin to continue to push back on this outrageous disregard of voter’s wishes. Call Republicans, call Speaker Vos and Senator Fitzgerald, and let them know that Wisconsin made their decision on November 6th, and that those votes need to be respected. We expect our children to play by the rules, be gracious in defeat, and respect the process. We should demand no less from our legislators.”