MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin Senate Republicans are defending Gov. Scott Walker's budget-balancing proposal that would take away collective bargaining rights from most public workers.
Republicans took up the bill Friday after it cleared the Assembly early in the morning. The Senate moved the bill one step away from passage but couldn't take a final vote because all 14 Senate Democrats remained on the run for the ninth day.
Republican Sen. Dale Schultz says he couldn't proceed with his own compromise without the Democrats.
Other Republicans defended Walker's plan as a difficult choice to make but one that's necessary to help the state deal with a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.
Republicans need at least one Democrat to return in order for them to have a quorum needed to vote on the budget bill.
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