Thursday, September 09, 2010

EFCA: Coming Up In the Lame Duck?

Harry Reid has promised a lame duck session between the upcoming Congressional elections in November and the seating of a new Congress early next year.

The lame-duck session could give retiring and defeated lawmakers a sense of feeling more free to vote for legislation they might not have otherwise supported, especially if Republicans will take over the House and maybe the Senate early next year.

Democrats have not been specific about what they might pursue during the lame-duck session, but it is anticipated it will include an aggressive energy and climate bill and the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, or "card check").

In short, there are a lot of Democrats in both the House and Senate who are for EFCA but have failed to support it fearing a backlash from their electorate. Those who are defeated in November have nothing to lose and may vote for EFCA and other legislation they feared supporting publicly when reelection was still a possibility.

We're not out of the woods yet.

More to come . . .


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