In Wisconsin, Protests Get Louder
DAVID SCHAPER: I'm David Schaper in the Wisconsin state capitol, where round- the-clock protests against legislation that would take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public employees in the state not only continue but are getting louder. The so-called budget repair bill that has drawn the nation's attention to Madison is now being debated in the Wisconsin Legislature's lower chamber, the state assembly.
PATRICK FULLER: August.
TYLER AUGUST: Here.
JOAN BALLWEG: Here.
PETER BARCA: Here.
SCHAPER: Here's Madison Democrat Mark Pocan.
MARK POCAN: This is a Trojan horse of bad conservative ideas put into a bill.
SCHAPER: And as loud and as huge as these protests have been, GOP Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald says Wisconsinites want them to pass this bill.
JEFF FITZGERALD: The best thing, I think, that happened for us over the weekend is us getting a chance to go back home to our districts and listen to our constituents. And I'll tell you, it was overwhelming, the people and the support that are on our side.
SCHAPER: David Schaper, NPR News, Madison.
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