​March 12, 2014                                                                               

Senate Democrats Fight for Voters, Veterans, and Low-Wage Workers
Senate Republicans Jam Through Limits to Voting, Asbestos Victim Rights, Reject Raising Minimum Wage
MADISON – Today, Senate Democrats fought for Wisconsin's voters, veterans, and low-wage workers. During 12 and a half hours of debate, Senate Democrats offered common sense amendments and made the case for Wisconsin's veterans, voters, and low-wage workers.
"Today, Senate Democrats fought for the freedom of Wisconsin voters to make their voices heard at the ballot box, no matter the size of their municipality. Despite the efforts of Senate Democrats to curb the extreme limits to voting, Senate Republicans succeeded in restricting access to the polls, disproportionately hurting communities, like Milwaukee, where thousands of residents exercise the right to vote by voting absentee in-person each election.
"Instead of focusing their 2012 campaign promise of job creation, Senate Republicans passed a bill that hurts Wisconsin's veterans who are dying from asbestos poisoning. Veterans are disproportionately affected by mesothelioma caused by asbestos and Senate Republicans passed a bill that puts the profits of corporations ahead of the rights of victims.
"Senate Republicans also rejected a proposal to reverse the increasing income inequity that has left Wisconsin 37th in the nation in job growth with no hope of improvement. It is wrong that Wisconsin’s minimum wage workers are forced to depend on government assistance despite working full time and that is why Democrats support raising the minimum wage. When we raise the minimum wage, Wisconsin's economy will improve because families will have the disposable income to invest in our economy."