Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Looks like the temper tantrum by Wisconsin Democrats might soon come to an end. Members of the state Assembly said today they will debate and vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget.
(Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers in the Wisconsin state Assembly agreed on Thursday with Republicans to limit their amendments on a controversial budget bill that would curtail union bargaining rights, making a vote likely on the measure later in the day.
Assembly Democrats have agreed with Republicans to limit the number of amendments they’ll introduce to 38, and they will stay within the 10-minute limit for arguing each amendment.
I heard Walker interviewed on the Mark Levin Show a couple of days ago in which the governor said the GOP leaders of the two legislative chambers we prepared to move ahead on other legislation (for which they don’t need a 20-member quorum in the Senate). He specifically mentioned such measures as expanding Wisconsin’s school choice program. That threat probably did the trick.
NOTE: Corrections made above from an earlier version. Senate Democrats haven’t yet committed to returning to do their job. I have a feeling that the pressure is now so great (with the Assembly Dems agreeing to debate) that the senators won’t be far behind.