The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room today reports that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has told local Missouri journalists that the Employee Free Choice Act is unlikely to be addressed in the Senate in 2010:
"I don’t think that card check is going to come up," McCaskill said during a weekly conference call with Missouri journalists. "It has not come up, and believe me: if card check, the way it was drafted, was going to come up, it probably would have come up early in 2009 as opposed to now."
"I think there’s a lot of negotiation that’s going on about card check," McCaskill said. "Businesses are at the table, and frankly I don’t think the card checking part is the part that’s being discussed at this point; I think that’s been abandoned."
This sets the table for an interesting dilemma in the House. SEIU President Andy Stern has consistently called for an up or down vote on a bill containing card check — in part to put legislators on record heading into elections. But late last year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the House would not act before the Senate on controversial measures in 2010.