All 3 veto override attempts fail in Assembly

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MADISON, Wis. (AP/WMTV) -- All three veto override attempts in the Wisconsin Assembly have failed after Democrats refused to go along with Republicans to rebuff Gov. Tony Evers.

Thursday's votes marked the first override attempts in the Wisconsin Legislature in nine years. The last successful override was in 1985.

“Republicans are clearly more interested in playing politics than getting anything done for the people of our state," Evers said after the final override failed. "It’s time for Republicans to get over the election that happened more than a year ago so we can work together on the pressing issues facing our state.”

Assembly Speaker Rob Vos (R-Rochester), however, says Republicans will not consider the bills.

"I think Gov. Evers playing politics with us is really sad. Certainly that is what he has indicated over and over again. It's all about the politics," Vos says.

"This is not figuring a way to bring people together. This is not saying where can we find common ground. You heard today that we picked topics that are bipartisan that have almost universal votes on the calendar," Vos says.

One was an attempt to restore $15 million in funding to build a regional mental health crisis center in northern Wisconsin. Another was to restore $5 million in funding for doctors who care for people in state health care programs.

A third veto gave the Evers administration more flexibility in how to spend $500,000 to increase the number of health care providers.

All 62 Republicans voted to override but all 34 Democrats were against. At least two Democrats needed to flip in order for the vetoes to be overridden.

"What the public is looking for leadership on is addressing the issues of gun violence," says Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz. "That is why I was proud Gov. Evers announced a special session on gun violence last month and as he has done though his ten months he has worked to listen to the people and worked to prioritize a major issue facing our state."