Roll Call reports today that Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) is planning on “railroading” a variant of the EFCA possibly in the fall. According to one anonymous leadership aide quoted in the story, Senate Democrats plan to simply say “Here’s the deal,” and then they hope to get it “to the floor and get it passed before anyone can mobilize against it.”
This is far from the “regular order” that Sen. Harkin had indicated would be followed when the bill was introduced in March. Statements like those quoted in today’s Roll Call paper highlights supporters fear of scrutiny and debate. Fast-tracking bills with a radical impact on our economy seems standard operating procedures on Capitol Hill these days, but it’s far from the way important issues should be legislated.
This article also points to one explanation why union officials may be willing to sacrifice the “card check” provision: They would try to have it inserted back in conference.
Manufacturers have already mobilized against this dangerous proposal through thousands of letters sent to Capitol Hill, numerous visits to Washington, D.C. and countless meetings with lawmakers and their staff. As we’ve noted here before, there can be no acceptable version of the EFCA that can be reached through closed door discussions with a handful of Senators.