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Thursday, March 5, 2015

 11:13 AM 

Vos, Barca trade barbs before heading to the floor

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos dismissed Dem calls to amend right-to-work, saying it was nothing more than a delay tactic and none of the changes would attract votes from the minority party anyway.

Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, countered the bill was just another right-wing attack on Wisconsin workers.

The two had dueling media availabilities before heading to the floor.

Vos, R-Rochester, said Dems would not debate the merits of the bill and would instead put forward a series of amendments to distract from the main argument. He also predicted Dems would turn the bill into an attack on Gov. Scott Walker's presidential aspirations.

"I want to see them stand up and say why giving workers a choice to join a union is bad for our economy," Vos said.

Barca then followed in the Assembly parlor, slamming Republicans for not running on right-to-work last fall after saying it was not a priority and predicting it would not reach the floor this session, only to do an about face.

"How can you claim that it’s essential we move this through in nine or 10 days and make it law in two weeks?" Barca said. "That contradicts everything they told the public in the election."

Vos also told voters he expects some of his members will vote against the bill while again saying Republicans were not open to amendments.

Walker had said for months right-to-work was not a priority for this session and until recent weeks had called it a distraction. But in addressing business leaders yesterday, Walker cited things like business ranking and site selection criteria as "the reason why we brought that up."

Asked about the comments, Vos said Walker "has been clear in every meeting that I’ve had with him that he’s not pushing for this" and gave Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, credit for driving the issue.



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