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Democratic Radio Address: Bipartisan Committee Work

Sen. John Lehman (D-Racine) says senate Democrats aren't waiting for the new legislative session to start before getting to work.

Hello, I’m Senator John Lehman and I am proud to give this week’s Democratic Radio Address. Senate Democrats have been hard at work in committee preparing for next session and finding answers about this session’s major legislative changes.

Often times during election years, the legislature shuts down and senators and representatives go back to their districts to work on reelection. But, this year has been different – since July when Senate Democrats took control of the Senate, we got right to work. 

Instead of waiting it out until next session, Senate Democrats went right to work by looking at how the education cuts hurt and what could be done to fix our school funding formula. Under Senator Tim Cullen’s leadership, we changed the tone of the mining discussion by doing our homework instead of trying to slam a bill through the senate. And because Wisconsin is still dead last in job creation, we looked into our current skills gap and what we can do to get people back to work. 

In recent years we’ve seen hyper partisanship on both sides, but committee work has traditionally been a better opportunity for legislators to work in a bipartisan fashion. Wisconsin can certainly use more cooperation between the parties. This fall’s committee work did just that – we worked to find common ground on issues that are important to all Wisconsin citizens.

robert heule October 08, 2012 at 03:22 PM
How does it feel to be ignored?
H.E. Pennypacker October 08, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Draft dodging Lehman, better update your resume on www.monster.com
GearHead October 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
What Senate Democrats have been doing can be best described as metaphorically passing the bong. It is exactly this kind of make-work that doesn't cut it in the real world marketplace, and will lead to exactly no jobs. Please, do not meddle in the real world. You will only screw it up worse with your wooly-headed ideas. Save the job market for the private sector, which has an amazing capacity for recovery, as long as you keep your boot off their necks.
robert heule October 08, 2012 at 04:56 PM
H. E. Pennypacker, Lehman was pardoned by Ronald Reagan. That makes him constitutional clean.
Greg October 09, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Does this monkey know the definition of bipartisan? It sure don't sound like it.

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