Card Check: Senator Lincoln Says She Will Oppose EFCA

By April 6, 2009Labor Unions

Applause for Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) for siding with her constituents and against the Employee Free Choice Act.

From The Hill, Briefing Room, “Sen. Lincoln Will Not Support ‘Card Check’

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) said Monday she will vote against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), marking a major Democratic defection to the effort to pass the highly-prized union bill.

“I cannot support that bill,” Lincoln said during a speech before the Little Rock Political Animals Club, according to the Arkansas Business News. “Cannot support that bill in its current form. Cannot support and will not support moving it forward in its current form.”

The Associated Press is also reporting that Lincoln announced her opposition to the bill, which is strongly desired by organized labor.

The “current form” phrasing allows wiggle room, true, but the serial nature of Senator Lincoln’s sentence emphasizes her opposition.

The original report is here.

UPDATE (4:05 p.m.): Sam Stein at Huffington Post writes, “In what is, perhaps, the most devastating blow yet to the fate of the Employee Free Choice Act, Sen. Blanche Lincoln said on Monday that she will oppose the union-backed legislation.” Meanwhile, Eddie Vale of the AFL-CIO says, “It’s not dead yet. It’s getting better.” Or words to that effect.

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