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Reconciliation in Wisconsin


6:28 PM, Mar 15, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Earlier today, Wisconsin GOP state senators voted to lift fines imposed on the Democrats and drop contempt charges, thus allowing the Democrats to vote in committee hearings again.

 Meanwhile, Wisconsin Democratic state senator Tim Cullen proposed an amendment that would eliminate the three-fifths quorum required for some fiscal votes. The amendment would deny would-be fugitive legislators from using the tactic recently employed by senate Democrats to block a vote.

Now, Republican majority leader Scott Fitzgerald is announcing that he's going to cosponsor Cullen's amendment and released the following statement: 

“I’m very pleased to join Sen. Cullen in this bipartisan effort to help the state move forward from the fiasco of the last few weeks.


“From day one, my colleagues and I have been working to grow the economy, create jobs and balance the state budget.  I’m glad to see at least one member of the minority realizes that the deep problems facing our state need cooperation going forward.


“It’s disappointing that a constitutional amendment would be necessary to make sure this kind of thing never happens again, but after three long weeks, it’s great to finally hear the voice of reason again.”


“I look forward to moving this bipartisan amendment through the Senate in the very near future.”

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