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The Senate Finance Committee's health care bill hasn't been made public yet, but the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has seen at least some of it, and what they've seen could cause major employment issues from the same group of people that health care reform is supposed to help.

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Lincoln Will Not Support EFCA

April 6, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Another key senator has come out against the Employee Free Choice Act, basically sealing its death (in its current form). Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D, AR] today announced that she will vote against the bill, and against moving it beyond a Republican filibuster. Senator Lincoln voted in favor of the bill in 2007.

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Specter a "No" on EFCA

March 24, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Breaking from CongressDaily ($): Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., will vote against a cloture motion to limit debate on the Employee Free Choice Act, business groups said today. Keith Smith, who directs labor policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, said his group expects Specter to announce his decision in a floor speech early this afternoon. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it also was expecting the announcement. Specter's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Sp...

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Opportunity

March 12, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

If Al Franken is seated in Minnesota, it looks like Senate Democrats will still be one vote short of breaking an inevitable Republican filibuster of the Employee Free Choice Act. There is only one Senate Republican who might possibly side with the Democrats. Sen. Arlen Specter [R, PA] voted for the bill last year, and he's on the fence as to whether or not he'll vote for it again this year. If he does, he'll likely enable the Democrats to get the bill, which would make it easier for workers to...

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Employee Free Choice Act of 2009

March 11, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Card check, EFCA, whatever you want to cal it, here's the bill as re-introduced into the 111th session of Congress on March 10, 2009:

S. 560 - Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 (Senate version)

H.R. 1409 - Employee Free Choice Act of 2009
(House version)

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The Money Behind EFCA

March 10, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

As I'm sure you have heard, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was re-introduced into the 111th session of Congress today. It's expected to be brought to a vote by Congress sometime this summer, and the PR and lobbying leading up to the vote is going to be both dramatic and expensive. OpenSecrets has info on the special-interest money fueling the debate: Sen. Thomas Harkin [D, IA], who introduced the bill in the Senate today, has collected more money from the labor sector than any other...

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EFCA Day

March 10, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Today, Democrats in both the House and Senate will officially introduce organized labor's chief legislative priority - the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) - for the 111th Congress. Normally, the introduction of a bill into Congress isn't big news, but the battle over EFCA has been especially epic. The bill would be a huge boost for the formation of new unions, and probably the most significant change to US labor law since the 1950s. By taking away employers' powers to demand a secret ballot elections for union certification after a majority of employees have already signed union authorization cards, EFCA would tip the scales significantly in the union organizers' favor.

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Blue Dogs Waffle on EFCA

February 18, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) passed the House last session with all but two Democrats voting in favor. Of course, the bill never stood a chance getting through the Senate or being signed into law by Bush. But now that the Senate may actually have the votes and the President in office is an original co-sponsor of the bill, there are some strange grumblings coming from the moderate section of Democrats in the House.

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"No" Votes for Jobs

February 17, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Before signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Tuesday, the Obama administration released an assortment of fact sheets on the its estimated impacts in several areas. One of those fact sheets outlines the bill's impact on employment by congressional district. CongressDaily ($) notes that, according to that document, seven of the ten districts projected to gain the most jobs under the bill are represented by Republicans in the House. The Representatives for tho...

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Stimulus Floor Amendments in the House

January 27, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The House Committee on Rules has just concluded their epic hearing to lay out the ground rules for Wednesday's debate of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Here is a complete list of the amendments that will receive votes on Wednesday by the full House of Representatives, as determined tonight by the Rules Committee:

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The First Ten Bills of the 111th Senate

January 8, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

These first 10 Senate bills are mainly symbolic. They're a statement of the Democrats' legislative priorities at this point for the next two years, but any legislative action that's taken on these measures could very well come in a different form. The first ten Senate bills of the last session included some measures that were enacted (minimum wage increase, ethics reform), some that were vetoed by President Bush (funding for stem cell research) and some that were hotly debated but never passed Congress (comprehensive immigration reform).

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