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Norquist: Specter to Oppose Cloture on EFCA

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | March 24, 2009 | Elisa Mueller

Speaking at a labor issues conference in Washington, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform said that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) had just decided to vote against cloture on the Employee Free Choice Act. Scott Hoeflich, Specter’s chief of staff, called Norquist to give him a heads up before Specter reads his statement on the Senate floor today.

UPDATE: ATR has its own announcement:

Senator Specter’s Office has confirmed to ATR that he will vote against both cloture and passage on the Employee Free Choice Act (also known as “card check” or the employee NO choice act).  His vote is critical and this a major victory for freedom, as well as a stunning defeat for the other side.

I talked to Norquist after his speech; he was confident that Specter’s vote would hold up even against a compromise that would remove “card check” from EFCA while keeping mandatory arbitration. “We have 41 votes,” said Norquist. “[Sen. Olympia] Snowe (R-Maine) and [Sen. Susan] Collins [R-Maine] know what the game is.”

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Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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