The Senate has failed to invoke cloture on H.R. 800, the Employee Free Choice Act, by a vote of 51-48 (60 votes needed).
This is a major achievement for employers and employees alike, for everyone who believes union membership should not be forced upon the unwilling, especially through coercion and the destruction of the secret ballot.
A debrief later.
UPDATE (1:30 p.m.): The roll call vote is here. A partyline vote, with the only Republican to support card check being Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA).
UPDATE II (1:43 p.m.): AP story.
UPDATE III (1:45 p.m.): Seth Borden notes the shifting rhetoric from labor leaders, once supremely confident of victory, now kinda confident of victory …sometime in the future.
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