WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Not everyone has time to go to Madison to voice their opinion on Governor Walker's budget repair bill. But there are plenty of opportunities to make some noise in Wausau.
While debate over the budget continues in Madison, people in Wausau turn to their elected leaders to fill them in. Crowds outside The Plaza Hotel chanted, showing their opposition to Governor Walker's bill.
"Many people on my side of the aisle have in fact said that," said Rep. Donna Seidel (D-Wausau). "Get rid of the non-fiscal items. We've heard that over and over."
Democratic leaders said the missing senators would come back at a moment's notice if Walker was willing to work with them. But Republican leaders said they're holding their ground. Inside The Plaza hotel, supporters with the Americans for Prosperity agreed -- the missing senators need to come back to Madison.
"In order for the democratic process to proceed, the senators need to be in the Senate chambers working on bills," said Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau).
Republican leaders said it's important that the minority not hold the majority hostage, since their absence hurts more than just the budget repair bill. But work at the Capital hasn't stopped completely.
"We've progressed the budget repair bill to a non-amendable stage," said Galloway. "So the question is concurrence with the Assembly bill."
Republican leaders said they hope the senators come back soon, but Democratic leaders said the damage has already been done.
"I can't see how what we've been going through the last couple of weeks is creating a single job or building or enlarging our economy," said Seidel. "In fact, it looks to me that it's quite the opposite."
Leaders from both sides of the aisle confirm the budget repair bill is engrossed. That means technically, no further amendments can be made even after the missing senators come back.