The Corner

Consequences

For the Wisconsin 14, via WisPolitics.com:

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald wrote this afternoon in an email to his caucus that Senate Dems remain in contempt of the Senate and will not be allowed to vote in committees despite returning from their out-of-state boycott of the budget repair bill vote.

“They are free to attend hearings, listen to testimony, debate legislation, introduce amendments, and cast votes to signal their support/opposition, but those votes will not count, and will not be recorded,” wrote Fitzgerald, R-Juneau.

The Democrats, of course, are fuming:

Sen. Robert Jauch (D-Polar) said the letter appeared to be a “mean-spirited response from a man who lost the battle of public opinion.”

Jauch said the issue of the senators’ presence is moot: The budget bill was passed last week and signed by the governor.

“I am not sure what purpose this serves,” Jauch said.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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