"I will not be an automatic 60th vote. And I would illustrate that by my position on employees' choice, also known as card check. I think it is a bad bill and I'm opposed to it and would not vote to invoke cloture." — Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), in a news conference announcing his switch to the Democratic Party (April 28, 2009)
Ari Melber: "…we'll go to the third question. In stitching these three together is it fair to say that on the climate change legislation, on employee free choice, on a public option health care plan, those will all be areas where you'll be with the majority for cloture to have these up or down votes?"
Sen. Specter: "Yes, no doubt about those three issues at all." — Transcript from Netroots Nation's Pennsylvania Leadership Forum (August 14, 2009)
Summer may be the season for wearing flip-flops, but Senator Specter isn't wearing this one particularly well. Just three-and-a-half months after saying he would not vote for cloture to bring the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" (S. 560) to the Senate floor, the senator appears to have changed his tune. But despite all the media reports that a "compromise" is in the works, nothing about EFCA has actually changed yet. So why the reversal?
EFCA in any form is a bad bill that threatens employees' rights, manufacturing competitiveness, and job growth. Pennsylvanians have the right to know why their senator has changed his position. My advice? Call Senator Specter in Washington (U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121; Direct Office: 202-224-4254) and ask.