The White House is denouncing a vote by the Wisconsin Senate to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from government workers, calling it an assault on public employees.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama believes it is wrong for Wisconsin to use its budget troubles "to denigrate or vilify public sector employees."
The state Senate acted Wednesday night by using a procedural move that allowed them to pass the anti-bargaining rights measure without any Democrats in the chamber.
The Wisconsin maneuver has been pushed by Gov. Scott Walker and has rallied the labor movement in opposition. Obama has argued that public employees should not be exempt from financial sacrifice in light of state budget shortfalls. But he has criticized efforts to weaken their bargaining rights.