Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) was the first to break with the Democrat caucus and proclaim that she would not support the Employee Free Choice Act in its current form.  Soon after, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) expressed her preference for finding alternative approaches to labor law reform.  The Democrat Senators from Colorado, Michael Bennet and Tom Udall, have recently sent mixed signals, but both seem unenthusiastic about the bill as written.

Now, at The Plum Line blog, Greg Sargent reports that Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) will not confirm his support for either the bill itself or cloture:

“He doesn’t believe this is the appropriate time to introduce this legislation or to be debating it,” Webb spokesperson Jessica Smith confirms to me. “He’s always been a strong supporter of the right to collective bargaining, but as written, he would look towards improving the legislation in a way to make it more fair and equitable.”

In another blow, Webb’s also won’t say whether he’ll support bringing it to the floor for debate. “He’s not publicly going to say at this point,” his spokesperson said.

Webb has long been viewed as a "friend of labor," and his reluctance to come out — even mildly — at this point in favor of EFCA is a significant blow to the bill in its current form.

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