UPDATE: Special session ends in seconds, Gov. Evers rips Republicans

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TUESDAY 5/25/2021 1:38 p.m.

(WFRV) – In less than ten seconds in the Senate and about 40 seconds in the Assembly, Republicans quickly adjourned Gov. Tony Evers’ special session.

According to The Associated Press’ Scott Bauer, there was no debate or any votes in a mostly empty chamber.

Gov. Evers released a statement almost immediately after the decision was made. His statement mainly condemned the Republicans for the decision.

“It’s breathtaking that after a year of working to prevent us from responding to COVID-19, Republicans would rather keep playing politics with our economic recovery than invest $1 billion into our state’s economy and support communities in their own districts,” says Gov. Evers.

The special session was to expand BadgerCare and invest $1 billion in realized savings under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into over 50 projects across Wisconsin.

A full list of Gov. Evers’ projects that were rejected can be viewed online.

ORIGINAL: Wisconsin Republicans to quickly kill Medicaid expansion

TUESDAY 5/25/2021 9:49 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature plan to convene, and then immediately end, a special session called by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to expand Medicaid.

The move would bring the state a one-time bonus of $1 billion in federal money.

Both the Senate and Assembly plan to convene at 1 p.m. Tuesday before adjourning with no debate.

Democrats for years have advocated for expanding who is eligible for the state’s Medicaid program known as BadgerCare Plus.

But Republicans have resisted full expansion, even though 38 other states have done it and taken the federal money that comes with it.

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