Focus bipartisan energy on putting people back to work
Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca issues post-rules session statement.
MADISON – On the first day of active session the Wisconsin Assembly passed rules to govern the body. After many intense discussions, leaders agreed upon bipartisan rules to help reach their mutual goal of curbing late night sessions.
First Amendment and other restrictions placed on citizens observing the Assembly from the gallery were more contentious and partisan. Also troubling was allowing one committee to use mailed-in paper ballots, which cuts the public out of the process, eliminates deliberation and undermines democracy.
At the conclusion of the session day, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement:
“Moving forward it is vital that we replicate this bipartisanship and cooperation to immediately move forward on job creation and helping middle-class families.
“One of my top priorities is closing the skills gap so that unemployed workers have the skills employers need. I have discussed this frequently with colleagues, constituents, media and Republicans, including Gov. Walker, and believe this could be our next bipartisan success.
“Now that the debate on rules is behind us, let’s devote at least as much energy toward working together on the people’s priorities – let’s put the people of Wisconsin back to work.”
Press Releases Referencing Peter Barca
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Jun 26th, 2015 by Peter Barca
Statement from Rep. Barca on today’s historic Supreme Court ruling
Jun 25th, 2015 by Peter Barca
"Today’s court decision is an especially important victory for Wisconsin families, especially the 183,000 Wisconsinites – including 11,000 children – who stood to lose their health care coverage."
Jun 19th, 2015 by Peter Barca
"I am shocked to learn that under Governor Walker’s leadership 26 loans totaling more than $124 million were approved by WEDC without so much as a staff review."