Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) has told the folks back home that she will oppose the Employee Free Choice Act:
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., told a Monday meeting of the Little Rock Political Animals Club that she will oppose the Employee Free Choice Act.
Lincoln’s office said the senator will release a statement on the legislation this afternoon.
“I cannot support that bill,” Lincoln said, according to one attendee. “Cannot support that bill in its current form. Cannot support and will not support moving it forward in its current form.”
There were plenty of red-state Democrats who were willing to vote with their party on EFCA when there was little chance of it passing. Now that each one of them could be the deciding vote, especially in the Senate, they are taking a second look. Although Arlen Specter’s card check about-face may have made this less of a threat, the most important question is how Lincoln would vote on cloture, not just the bill’s final passage.
UPDATE: Huffington Post describes this as “the most devastating blow yet” for EFCA.