Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that passing a controversial labor bill that would make it easier for employees to organize is no longer in the cards for the Senate, at least for now, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Speaking at a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Reid said the chambers schedule is too crowded to consider the Employee Free Choice Act, otherwise known as card check.
We have too many other things on our plate, Reid said.
But even if the Senates schedule was freed up later this year, it is unlikely Reid would bring the bill to the floor short of major changes to the legislation. Republicans have universally panned the bill as have a few Democrats making it impossible for Reid to break a Republican filibuster.
Meanwhile, the Review-Journal also reported Thursday that Reid said he would allow bipartisan health care negotiations to continue for a couple of weeks in September. But that if no progress is made by a group of six Senators, led by Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), he would pull the plug on those talks and prepare to pass health care reform under the reconciliation process, which would only require 51 votes and would avert a Republican filibuster.
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.