Harkin “appauled” by Wisconsin action

US Senator Tom Harkin (D-Cummings, IA), chairman of the Senate committee with authority over labor issues, issued a statement this evening about the action in Wisconsin, where Republicans in that state’s legislature pushed through a bill that “strips away nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers.”

Harkin Statement on Wisconsin Senate Vote
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), tonight issued the following statement after the Wisconsin State Senate passed a measure that restricts the collective bargaining rights of public workers.

“I am appalled by the actions of the Republicans in Wisconsin.  They trampled over the democratic process, ramming through legislation taking away a fundamental right of Wisconsin’s public servants – the right to organize.  The law has nothing to do with budgets.  It is blatant political scapegoating, and it is shameful.  Our elected leaders at every level of government should be focused on helping working families succeed, not tearing them down.”

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  1. Richard Paxson says

    Your headline says Harkin is “appauled” by Wisconsin Republican actions. Does that mean Senator Harkin was “ap-paul-ed” as in Rand Paul-ed, or was it Ron Paul-ed?

    The Senator’s statement on the Wisconsin vote spells the word correctly — appalled!

    And yet, just as I am appalled by the spelling in the headline, so also do I appreciate the comeuppance implicit in Harkin’s saying of the duplicity enacted by these Wisconsin Republicans.

    Let the recalls begin!