The Senate adopted the resolution to find Democrats in contempt on a 19-0 vote. It says they are violating a Senate rule that requires senators to receive a leave of absence before being absent for a day.
Fitzgerald said that Republicans were initially “nervous” about taking such a step but that Democrats have created a “constitutional crisis.”
“This is not about a budget-repair bill or about politics,” Fitzgerald said. “This is much bigger than that and the minority party has forced our hand . . . They’re insulting the very fabric of our representative democracy.”
Update (2:39 p.m.): Technically, it appears, the senators are not being threatened with “arrest,” in the sense of “book ’em, Danno,” but instead with being taken into custody for the specific purpose of bringing them to the Senate chamber. Technically the senators are privileged from “arrest” except in narrow circumstances. See here. But if law enforcement apprehends the senators practically speaking what they will experience will be largely the functional equivalent of arrest.