BREAKING: Wisconsin Republicans ram through bill attacking working families without Democrats present

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Tonight the Wisconsin Senate Republicans decided to ignore the will of the voters and the democratic process by ramming through their bill attacking working families. Gov. Walker and the Republicans acted in violation of state open meetings laws, and tonight’s events have demonstrated they will do anything to pass their extreme agenda attacking Wisconsin’s middle class.

As they trampled open democracy, Walker and the GOP proved what we and others have been saying for weeks: This horrendous bill has nothing to do with budgetary needs. Their actions tonight and their naked abuse of power are an attempt to gut the middle class while filling the pockets of their corporate funders.

It was not enough to take the wages and benefits of Wisconsin teachers, firefighters, home-care workers, nurses, and so many others, after years of balancing the budget on the backs of public servants. Nope, Scott Walker, the GOP, the Koch brothers and their cronies took away the people’s right to join together and advocate for themselves.

“In 30 minutes, 18 state senators undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin,” Wisconsin Democratic Senate leader Sen. Mark Miller said. “Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten.”

This is a setback, but Walker has chosen to take on the people who teach Wisconsin’s kids to read, who help seniors and people with disabilities live with dignity, and who keep their communities safe.

As polls have consistently shown, the public is firmly on the side of workers and the middle-class in this fight, not Walker and his corporate funders. Walker may have betrayed his voters tonight, but we have a feeling they’ll make their voices heard against him and the Republican Senators who joined him in this sneak attack.

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