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Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern who has participated in the Senate talks said in a statement earlier this year that no matter what deal clears the Senate, the voting provisions would be included in the final bill or by amendment in both houses of Congress.
But Democrats said any deal that Harkin is able to get with moderates in the Senate will have to be the final word on the legislation at least for now and that no major changes could be made if it is expected to become law.
Its ... the kind of thing that the House would have to eat, a Democratic aide said, explaining that Democrats in the Senate will need union officials to make the case to Pelosi that she should pass the bill as is. The hope is that union officials will accept an imperfect bill as better than nothing.
But even supporters privately concede that the prospects for the legislation remain dim. Business groups have continued to press on the issue, even during the past several months after it appeared the legislation had died, and the National Right to Work Committee on Monday launched a new round of ads targeting moderate Democratic Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner of Virginia.