It's a favorite bill for Republicans to criticize: the Employee Free Choice Act, with its provision known as "card check"--legislation that would eliminate employers' ability to demand a secret-ballot election during the union-forming process, thereby streamlining the process of union organizing.
President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards all pledged support for the bill as presidential candidates, and Obama has reiterated his support since taking office. It enjoys the support of almost every Democrat in the Senate and the harsh opposition of almost every Republican.
As he delivered his speech on the economy today at the City Club of Cleveland, House Minority Leader John Boehner portrayed it as a prime item on the Democratic wish list:
President Obama should announce that he will veto any job-killing bills sent to his desk by a lame-duck Congress - including 'card check,' a national energy tax, and any other tax increases on families and small businesses...
Also pending is 'card check.' This bill is the top priority for the public-sector unions that provide the money and foot soldiers for Democratic campaigns.
It eliminates a worker's right to a secret ballot in union elections, making it easier for unions to organize while putting employers at a firm disadvantage. Card check is essentially a 'how-to' guide for destroying small business jobs.
When I asked the president about his support for 'card check' during our meeting last month, he accused me of scare tactics, while the rest of the Democratic Leaders in the room acted like they didn't know what I was talking about.
The very next week, the president told a union crowd he will 'keep on fighting' for 'card check.'
Democratic Leaders refuse to rule out the possibility of forcing these job-killing bills through in a lame-duck session, after the election, after the voters have had their say.
Boehner is right in pointing out that Democrats support the bill; he also perhaps embellishes its place in the Democratic agenda.