Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana

Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana - Wall St. Journal
Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Indiana ratcheted up the pressure on their absent Democratic colleagues Thursday, aiming to force an end to standoffs over bills that would limit public workers' bargaining rights.

In Wisconsin, Republican senators passed a unanimous resolution finding their 14 Democratic colleagues in contempt. They ordered the Democrats to return to the Senate in Madison by 4 p.m.—and threatened them with arrest if they resisted. Indiana House Republicans moved to start fining missing Democrats $250 a day, beginning Monday.

Wisconsin's Democratic senators fled to Illinois two weeks ago to prevent the state Senate from reaching a quorum needed to vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's "budget-repair bill." The Senate needs at least one Democrat present to vote on the bill, which passed the state Assembly last Friday....