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Specter says he’ll support EFCA

Specter says he’ll support EFCA

Speaking to hundreds of labor activists, Senator Arlen Specter said Tuesday that he will back the Employee Free Choice Act.

Specter has changed his mind on the legislation numerous times, originally sponsoring it, saying he wouldn’t support it as he faced a GOP primary and then reconsidering after switching parties. Since then, centrist senators have worked to strip the most controversial “card-check” provision that came to identify the bill, and it remains unclear whether than language will be in any final legislation.

But at the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, Specter said a compromise of some form would pass Congress this year, The Associated Press reports.

“We have pounded out an employees’ choice bill which will meet labor’s objectives,” Specter said.

September 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

--Dan Hirschhorn



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  1. Jim

    Sep 16th, 2009

    Specter is a real piece of garbage. He stands for nothing. He has no morals, no ethics, no beliefs. He cares nothing for Pennsylvania. It’s all about himself and whatever he can do to keep himself in a luxorious DC mansion on the taxpayers’ dime. Arlen is finished. He has burned every bridge imaginable. What a sad, pathetic end to a lifelong career of public service.

  2. David Diano

    Sep 16th, 2009

    A brilliant post except for a glaring error:

    The only problem is that you spelled
    “S-e-s-t-a-k” incorrectly
    and typed “S-p-e-c-t-e-r” instead. With that correction, I hardily agree.


    BTW, Specter’s only objection to EFCA was the removal of the secret ballot, which made it a non-starter for some Democrats too. With the voting method altered, Specter has favored the compromise bill.
    My local union sources informed me that Sestak worked on the House’s compromise version before voting on the original version. So, Sestak was undercutting the same version that Specter is accused of not supporting.

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