Card Check: Plans to Fast Track an Unpopular Bill

By July 28, 2009Labor Unions

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.

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  • Molly says:

    There is a great book out there called “Manufacturing a Better Future for America” that anyone who is interested in the revitalization of manufacturing must read. America needs to be reminded that manufacturing is what built our economy so many years ago, and that we should look to it once more to drag us out of the economic mess our country is facing.

    Furthermore, the economic mindset of our government and our business leaders needs to be shifted. The practice of offshoring production has rendered millions of Americans jobless and angry. This book justifies why jobs need to stay on American soil, and how a paradigm shift in business economics is needed to prevent this recession from repeating itself. All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to help bandage up our broken economy.

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