Statement from Senator Mark Miller
Madison – "Senate Republicans committed two assaults today…one on the women of Wisconsin in "passing" the bill requiring women seeking abortions to obtain an ultrasound, and another on legislative process and tradition by shutting off debate after just two speakers.
"This is another example of Republicans abusing their majority power to trample the rights of the minority including elected representatives.
"Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald, Senate President Ellis, and the Republican Senate majority conspired not only to limit debate, but also to violate Senate rules of procedure by suspending the rules without obtaining the super-majority consent required. The bill was referred to the Assembly in violation of Senate rules.
"Republican policies have put Wisconsin's economic performance and economic prospects near the bottom of all states. Is the push to pass anti-abortion legislation and other oppressive conservative social policy the result of Republican realization that they will fail to deliver on their promise of job creation and economic development? Are they now reduced to satisfying their political base at all costs?
"You would think Republicans would have learned lessons about abuse of power given the unprecedented political division they created last session with voter ID, redistricting, and nearly eliminating bargaining rights for public employees. Today they once again abused political power, once again undermining whatever fragile trust was being rebuilt, once again undermining democracy."