Whats interesting is usually when you have walk-the-plank votes, you are trying to make the other side look bad, Spencer said. There is no downside for Republicans on this vote.
With lawmakers preparing to head home for the Easter break at weeks end, the Workforce Fairness Institute, which opposes the EFCA, is circulating a set of talking points to Republicans on the bill. A copy of the talking points obtained by Roll Call says Republicans and other opponents will use the recess to continue their opposition to legislation.
Labor unions will also use this week to pressure lawmakers.
Like the chamber, a coalition of labor groups including the AFL-CIO, American Rights at Work and Change to Win are hosting a fly-in of union members this week to make the rounds on Capitol Hill, as well as public events featuring actors and celebrities such as Martin Sheen.
Union officials said that despite the setbacks of losing Specter and of renewed interest in a compromise, they remain confident that they will be able to salvage the legislation.
You hear rumblings about compromise-this and compromise-that, but thats not where union presidents are. Weve always assumed that we would start first in the Senate. As soon as Al Franken is seated, were going to move pretty quickly on this, a labor official said.
Anna Palmer and Matthew Murray contributed to this story.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.