Specter plans vote against card-check legislation, threatening bill's passage
Specter was the only Republican senator to support the Employee Free Choice Act during the last round of voting, and would be key to a Democratic triumph in the Senate. If, however, Specter votes against cloture on the bill, which would end debate and send the measure to the floor for a straight up-or-down majority vote, the Republican minority can claim victory. The bill would make it easier for unions to form by eliminating the requirement of a secret ballot election. Nursing homes oppose the measure.
Democratic leaders in the Senate remained steadfast in their resolve to pass the measure, despite Specter's decision. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) suggested Specter made his decision based on political expediency, and that the bill is still alive, Politico.com reported.