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Republicans break with Walker on SeniorCare

Madison (AP) -- The co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee and a fellow Republican member of the panel are breaking with Gov. Scott Walker on his proposal to change the SeniorCare program.

Co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling and Sen. Randy Hopper said Wednesday that they oppose Walker's proposal to require participants in the popular senior citizen prescription drug program to first enroll in Medicare Part D.

They are the latest Republicans to break with Walker on portions of his two-year budget plan. Both Darling and Hopper are also targets of recall efforts following their support of Walker's plan to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers.

They say in a joint statement that they will fight to preserve SeniorCare and not require Medicare Part D enrollment as Walker wants.

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