Dem senator accuses Wisconsin Republicans of 'power grab'

Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinBuilding back better by investing in workers and communities The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon chiefs to Congress: Don't default MORE (D-Wis.) lashed out at state Republicans on Tuesday as Wisconsin's GOP-controlled Senate passed a measure that would weaken the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.

“State legislative Republicans are disrespecting our democracy and the people of Wisconsin with this #WIPowerGrab,” Baldwin said in one of several tweets.


“The people of Wisconsin did not vote to give Republicans more power to pursue a lawsuit to repeal health care and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” she wrote. “When you let your voice be heard in the election, you did not ask for State legislative Republicans to make it harder to vote.”

“I am calling on the people of Wisconsin to let your voice be heard. We will not stand for this attack on the will of the people and our Democratic process,” Baldwin wrote in a final tweet before adding the “#RespectMyVote” hashtag.

Her remarks came as the Wisconsin state Senate passed a measure that would take power away from Gov.-elect Tony Evers (D) and state Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul (D) and reduce the duration of early voting in the state.

The measure passed on a mostly party-line vote of 17 to 16.

The bill, which Gov. Scott Walker (R) has also signaled support for, would alter the balance of power in the GOP's favor and comes as Republican-controlled state legislatures in Michigan and North Carolina work to advance similar measures.