Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) met with a hundred constituents earlier this week to answer questions about his positions on various issues. Bennet is one of the fifteen Senators belonging to Sen. Evan Bayh’s (D-IN) caucus of moderate Democrats.
In response to questions about EFCA, The Coloradoan reports that Sen. Bennet was non-committal at best:
"We’re going to have to see whether or not there’s a consensus that can be reached that makes it something that can be passed because right now there isn’t something that can be passed," Bennet told the group at New Belgium.
He said he’s concerned by the hard feelings that are developing on the issue, among organized labor on one side and small-business owners on the other. He said those groups can be allies on many issues, particularly health-care reform, and can’t let the EFCA debate splinter relationships.
"Temperatures are running high on both sides of this. We need to make sure that no matter how this turns out … that we’ve got all hands on deck working on health-care reform because this is the year to get that done," he said.
Time will tell whether Sen. Bennet, and the rest of Sen. Bayh’s caucus will join Senators Lincoln (D-AR) and Feinstein (D-CA) as Democrats who openly assert they cannot support the bill.