Card Check: In the Senate, in the House, in the Senate …

By March 3, 2009General

Below we quoted the excitable EFCANow blog, commenting on the possiblity the Employee Free Choice Act will introduced next Monday.

The reason for the early release is to preempt the continued lies by Opposition Groups like The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, their public relation firm Navigators Global and Republican Senators.

The other reason is because both labor, Congressman George Miller and Senator Ted Kennedy believe we have the 60 votes needed to get it passed in the Senate.

Sixty votes…really?

From Sam Stein, Huffington Post, “Worry Grows Over Dem Defections On EFCA

Officials tasked with helping push the Employee Free Choice Act through Congress are growing concerned about the possible defection of Senate Democrats in a debate that is bound to be heated and close.

A senior official involved in getting EFCA passed into law said he was underwhelmed but not surprised by the support being offered for this union priority from the White House and, to a lesser extent, congressional leadership. Part of the issue, he noted, was that the party is in the midst of tackling vast economic challenges, essentially forcing EFCA (and various other key bills) to the backburner. But the new concern was that Republicans may be able to successfully pick off a member of the caucus if the issue comes to a vote.

“There are no guarantees that this thing can get past cloture,” said the official. And it’s not because of Republican opposition, he added. “You’ve got Pryor and Lincoln who might not support it. There is Baucus, Landrieu, and even Bayh. And then there is Nelson of Nebraska.”

House Blue Dogs want the bill to start in the Senate so they don’t take the heat from constituents for supporting secret-ballot-destroying card check. And Senate Democrats want the bill to be considered first in the House because it will be easier lifting over there, since the House passed the Employee Free Choice Act last year.

Trouble is, it’s a losing proposition no matter where and how the bill comes in. The public just does not like the idea of eliminating the secret ballot. And, given the bad economic news lately, turning over jobs creation and business operations to the unions is unpalatable. The more executive orders and other pro-union activism that come out of the Administration in the weeks ahead will only reinforce the appearance that labor is going too far.

Our guess? The bill will be introduced on the same day in both the House and the Senate, and then supporters will let it sit for a while hoping the other side starts first. In the meantine, the unions will continue promoting the bill by yelling names at critics, “LIARS, LIARS, LIARS,” in the process hardening the opposition.

If the unions were confident, they wouldn’t have to call people names. And the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles wouldn’t have to be “phonebanking” and “streetdialing” Senator Feinstein.

(Hat tip: Mickey Kaus)

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