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Lack Of Bi-Partisanship In Wisconsin By The Numbers

July 29, 2011

For all the chatter about how the Republicans just want to work with Democrats to make Wisconsin a better place for job creation, while improving the lives of state residents, come the numbers to suggest bi-partisanship is not a priority for the GOP.

Before the protest, Democrats and Republicans voted in favor of several jobs-related bills introduced by the governor. After the protest, members of both parties stayed on their sides of the fence.

For example, Assembly Democrats have offered 376 amendments to Republican bills this session. Only one of them passed: an amendment that allowed families to participate in Milwaukee’s school voucher program, even if their income exceeded a cap.

Democrats also introduced 49 of their own bills, of which 42 have yet to even be heard in committee. None has passed the Assembly.

In the previous session, when Democrats controlled both houses and Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle was in office, 107 Assembly Republican bills were heard in committee, and 50 were passed by the Assembly.

“Bipartisanship isn’t just when we do what the Republicans want,” said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha. “This session, they have acted like we have nothing to offer.”

One Comment
  1. July 30, 2011 8:42 AM

    Speaker Reed (1890 or so) said: “The best system is to have one party govern and the other party watch, and on general principles I think it best for us to govern and the Democrats watch.”

    Not everyone wants bi-partisanship. Look at Senator Reid, Majority Leader in the Senate. He does not give a fig about bi-partisanship. And how about Sen. McConnell? How about the TEA party?

    Bi-partisanship may be overrated when the purpose of an election is to choose the team who will lead the country. At least that was Speaker Reed’s thinking.

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