Strip the fiscal elements from the bill and it’s really just a union busting bill, isn’t it? I thought busting the unions was never the intention? Is it possible the Republicans LIED and all along the fight has been for them to do away with unions? Yeah, that’s what many of us thought.
In a surprise move late Wednesday, Senate Republicans voted to move forward with the governor’s controversial budget repair bill, sending the measure to a Senate-Assembly conference committee to craft a new version that both houses will vote on.
Republican leaders would only say the Senate bill differed from the Assembly bill and, after voting to take up a couple of Assembly amendments, indicated it was possible that lawmakers could strip fiscal elements from the proposal and pass only measures dealing with collective bargaining.
Such a move could allow Republicans to pass the governor’s bill without the 20 Senate members needed to vote on fiscal matters. Currently 14 Democratic senators remain in Illinois, hiding out in an effort to deny the quorum and stall the vote.