Wisconsin Assembly passes right-to-work bill after 19 hours of debate

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a right-to-work bill on a straight party line vote.

The bill passed Friday on a 62-35 vote, with all Republicans in support and all Democrats against. The Senate passed it last week.

It now heads to Gov. Scott Walker, who plans to sign it Monday.

Democrats hoped to convince 14 Republicans to join with them in rejecting the bill. Ultimately, all Republicans voted for it.

Debate went for 19 hours straight, ending shortly after at 9 a.m. Friday as both sides agreed it would.

Democrats railed against right-to-work, saying it was designed to destroy unions and bolster Walker’s presidential aspirations.

But Republicans say they want to give private-sector workers the choice of whether to pay union dues and will lead to economic development.

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