Feinstein MIA on Employee Free Choice Act

Pub date March 13, 2009
WriterTim Redmond
SectionPolitics Blog

By Tim Redmond

So why is Sen. Feinstein the only Democrat in the California delegation who hasn’t signed on as a cosponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act, labor’s number one priority for the year?

Curious — she supported it in 2007, and it’s exactly the same bill. I called her press office, and they promised to get back to me. Haven’t heard yet, but I’ll let you know.

Meanwhile, Steve Smith, a spokesperson for the AFL-CIO in California, told me that Feinstein “has said nothing one way or the other in public. But she was very clear in her support for the bill two years ago, and we fully expect she will support it in 2009.”

Let’s keep on eye on her, eh?

UPDATE: Feinstein’s office got back to me with this statement:

Senator Feinstein has supported the Employee Free Choice Act in the past. She is not a co-sponsor of the current bill at this point, but is considering it very carefully. She is concerned about this extraordinarily difficult economy and is taking a very serious look at the legislation.

So .. maybe she’s backsliding a bit. We’ll be watching.