Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, said Republicans were foolish to force the proposals, one of which would prohibit public workers’ health insurance plans from covering abortions. The other would ban abortions based on whether the fetus is male or female, also known as sex selection. Erpenbach promised “all out hell” during Senate debate if they were scheduled.

“We’d like to end on a noncontroversial note,” said Dan Romportl, spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald on why the bills were not scheduled for a vote. They could come up next year, he said.

The Senate will use its final working day of the year focused on proposals aimed at creating jobs and improving the economy, Romportl said.

Now they care about the economy and jobs.