• Senator Feinstein Now Opposes EFCA
  • April 29, 2009
  • Law Firm: Kilpatrick Stockton LLP - Office
  • In a statement that some have called a death blow to the Employee Free Choice Act (the “EFCA”), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D. Ca.) announced Friday that she would not support the EFCA as written.  Senator Feinstein, a sponsor of the bill in 2007, was expected to provide a crucial vote toward unions’ attempts to garner the 60 votes needed to overcome an expected Republican filibuster.  As this announcement comes on the heels of Senator Specter’s (R. Pa.) similar declaration last Tuesday, the EFCA now appears to have little chance of crossing the 60-vote threshold in the near future, at least in its current form.

    Unions and pro-EFCA groups are unlikely to give up the fight for the current legislation, as evidenced by the barrage of calls that jammed Sen. Specter’s phone lines last week with urges for him to reconsider.  Nevertheless, advocates and legislators on both side of the EFCA debate will likely reach toward compromise in the coming months.  Sen. Feinstein indicated that she might endorse compromise legislation, saying, “I have thought for some time that the way to approach this issue is by trying to see if there can’t be a compromise between the business community, the agriculture community and labor.”