PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Seidel statement on public outcry
MADISON (PRESS RELEASE)--"I am incredibly moved by the 15,000 people who have made their way to the Capitol from all over the state. Legislators continue to receive thousands of e-mails and phone calls, and we expect more people to visit our offices throughout the week. It is clear people are paying attention, and they want their elected leaders to listen. This week's activities are making national headlines, and people across the country are showing their support for Wisconsin workers.
The people of Wisconsin are participating in their democracy on a grassroots level that has not been seen in this state for years. It is reprehensible that Republican legislators ended the Joint Finance Committee before people had the opportunity to give testimony on a bill that will directly impact their lives for the worse. Taking away their avenue to participate in the legislative process is just wrong.
Our constituents sent us here to be their voice. We have a responsibility to listen to the message they are sending and vote with their best interest in mind. I implore my Republican colleagues to talk to their constituents and hear their stories. This bill will have negative consequences for years to come and we must keep fighting to stop it."