EFCA Has Fewer Sponsors Than 2007 Version

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:

"I see no erosion among Democrats," said Harkin, who sponsored the Senate bill with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) "By the time we bring it up, we’ll have our 60 votes."

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.

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