Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) says that he will meet shortly with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and will push for a vote on EFCA some time after the Senate’s late-April Easter Recess. Harkin bristled at the suggestion that EFCA 2009 might have less support than EFCA 2007, which died in a Senate filibuster after sailing through the House:
Yet, the Senate bill apparently listed only 40 cosponsors — six fewer than in 2007, despite that Democrats picked up eight more Senators this year. Similarly, the House bill has 223 co-sponsors, compared with 233 co-sponsors of H.R. 800 — notwithstanding a pick-up of 21 additional seats in Congress. Whether or not this is "erosion" remains to be seen, but it is certainly a significant development EFCA’s proponents did not think they would have to deal with following the November elections.
- "Card Check: Fewer Sponsors, Same Claims" — ShopFloor.org
- "Cracks in Democratic Unity Spell Problems for Card Check" — Human Events Online
- "Proof Mounting that Dems Lack 60 Votes on Employee Free Choice" — TPMDC
- "Change To Win Statement on Introduction of Employee Free Choice Act" – PR Newswire
- "Statement by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney on the Introduction of the Employee Free Choice Act in the House of Representatives and the Senate" — AFL-CIO.org