Democratic senators on Wednesday downplayed Sen. Arlen Specter’s (D-Pa.) prediction that the chamber would pass a contentious union-organizing bill this year, saying they are in the process of shoring up support for a compromise that is being hashed out.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), one of several negotiators working to reach agreement on a modified version of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), also known as card-check, said they have made progress toward a deal but have yet to ink one.
Several Democrats on Wednesday confessed to knowing nothing about a proposed deal, and the party’s top two leaders in the conference called the card-check proposal a work in progress.
The remarks of Sen. Specter that prompted this flurry of checking and double-checking were delivered to the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, where the Senator declared, “We have pounded out an employees’ choice bill which will meet labor’s objectives.” The Hill today quotes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who, when asked about a deal, said, “I’m not aware of any.”
A month earlier Sen. Specter sparked a similar flurry of speculation when he told the lefty bloggers at Netroots Nation that he would vote for the Employee Free Choice Act. The comments were followed up by clarifications, explanations, and the recognition that nothing had actually changed since a group of Democratic Senators met in July to kick around possible changes to the Employee Free Choice Act.
As for this week’s news: Nothing has actually changed since a group of Democratic Senators met in July to kick around changes to the Employee Free Choice Act.
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