Our friends over at Shopfloor picked up an interesting comment yesterday by Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard. In a panel discussion on Fox News, Mr. Barnes opined that the labor movement was “losing ground” on the Employee Free Choice Act:
In the last congress, they had something like 230 cosponsors for the card check bill. This time they’re having trouble getting to 200 cosponsors in the House, even though there are more Democrats in the House than there were in the last congress.
And now you have five or six senators, most of them Democrats, who are now kind of queasy on it who weren’t before, and are talking about well, maybe there’s some alternative to it. So organized labor is trying to make up for lost ground.
In fact, there were 234 House co-sponsors in the 110th Congress, which had 233 House Democrats. The current Congress boasts 255 House Democrats, so Mr. Barnes is correct that labor might have expected even more co-sponsors this time around.
A January 29, 2009 “Dear Colleague” email message from House Education and Labor Committee Chair Rep. George Miller (D-CA) set the close of business on Tuesday, February 3 as the deadline to be an “original co-sponsor” of the bill.