NewsMax.com reports that EFCA steward Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) will not seek any formal Senate action on the legislation "until Al Franken is sworn in as senator." Citing a Politico piece, the report continued:
Harkin felt it again did not have enough votes to pass earlier this spring, due to it being opposed on a nearly party-line. However, rogue Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, who originally opposed any bill that includes the open-ballot rule, switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party in April and has since been privately discussing the bill with Harkin.
Harkin said he expects to put the card check bill up for vote next month and credits Specter, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., with crafting a compromise.
Politico reported that on Tuesday, Harkin included AFL-CIO legislative director Bill Samuel in the talks, indicating progress is being made.
“We’re in meetings right now,” Harkin said. "I’m still hopeful that we can get something done.”
Reportedly excluded from the closed-door talks were Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., RedState.com reported sources as saying. Harkin also will need their support to avoid a filibuster.