Capitol Chaos: Assembly Votes Down Amendments

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has voted down the first of dozens of proposed Democratic amendments to a bill that would cut collective bargaining rights for most public employees.

Debate on the amendments started Tuesday afternoon and was expected to last for hours as the Democrats try to derail a plan they call an assault on workers' rights.

Republicans who control the chamber so far are standing firm in opposition and accusing the Democrats of stalling the plan they say is needed to balance the state budget. The first amendment was voted down 57-37, and the others are also expected to fail.

The Democratic amendments include measures that would restore public workers' right to strike and require approval in a public referendum before the bill would take affect.
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