Wisconsin Senators Pass Bill Without Democrats Present

After three weeks of protests, Wisconsin Senators found a way to pass a controversial budget bill without bringing home boycotting Democrats. Last night the Wisconsin Senate rushed into a surprise vote that cut nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers. The bill passed 18-1 without the Democratic opposition present. The Republican Senators found a loophole that allowed them to vote without Democratic Senators present as long as all fiscal measures were removed from the bill. Within hours the crowd of a few hundred protestors at the Capitol building grew to an estimated 7,000 people. The Democratic Senators plan on returning to Wisconsin to fight the bill. Some are threatening votes to remove some Republican Senators from office. Republican Governor Scott Walker called the vote a step in the right direction. Stay with 9&10 News for the latest updates from Wisconsin.