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Much at Stake for "Swing" Legislators in Coming Vote on Employee Free Choice Act


March 17, 2009

Securing support for or against the Employee Free Choice Act, introduced in the House and Senate on March 10, 2009, is an intense battle currently being waged on Capitol Hill.  The stakes are high both as to the outcome of the legislation and the political futures of those legislators who hold swing votes in what is anticipated to be a narrowly decided vote.

At least six Senators – five Democrats and one Republican – who previously voted to advance the legislation now say they are either opposed to or unsure about EFCA.  Four of the six Senators are Arlen Specter (R-Pa), Mark Pryor (D-Ark), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark), and Mary Landrieu (D-La).  A Wall Street Journal article puts several of the Senators on the record voicing their positions on the legislation.

The Los Angeles Times reports that key supporters of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) have told him that if he votes in favor of EFCA, they will not support his next Senate campaign.  The article is found here [http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-specter15-2009mar15,0,2124947.story].

The U.S. Senate roll call vote for the 2007 version of EFCA is found here.

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