In a surprise move late Wednesday, Senate Republicans used a series of parliamentary maneuvers to overcome a three-week stalemate with Democrats and pass the governor's controversial budget repair bill. With a crowd of protesters chanting outside their chambers, Senators approved an amended version of Gov. Scott Walker's bill, which would strip most collective bargaining rights from public employees. The new bill removes all fiscal elements of the proposal, but still curbs collective bargaining and increases employee payments for pension and health benefits. After the session, Senate Republicans scattered, answering no questions. But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a release, "Enough is enough."
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A fast-moving GOP passed the budget repair bill in the Senate without Democrats present and set the stage for the Assembly to pass it Thursday.
Thousands of protesters rushed to the state Capitol Wednesday night, forcing their way through doors, crawling through windows and jamming corridors, as word spread of hastily called votes on Gov. Scott Walker's controversial bill limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers.
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