Republicans who control the House adjourned until Monday after Democrats said they won't be back this week. Bauer says "nothing's changed" because Republicans have refused to negotiate or drop contentious issues from their agenda.
Most Democrats have fled to Illinois in an effort to derail legislation they consider an assault on the working class. Their boycott complicates other bills, including the session's top priority — the budget. Republicans say they won't be bullied into dropping their agenda, and plan to extend legislative deadlines to save important bills once Democrats return.
Republicans said they welcome any Democrats who decide to break caucus ranks and return, but Democrats say they are holding strong.