Pelosi Predicts Card Check to Pass This Year

Posted March 16, 2009 at 2:52pm

It may be stalled in the Senate, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is predicting that controversial “card check— legislation will overcome GOP resistance and become law this year.

“President Obama has said he supports the legislation, so the Senate will pass it with a good, strong bipartisan vote. It will then come to the House, pass again, and then we will send it on to President Barack Obama so that he can sign it into law this year,— Pelosi said Monday during remarks at the International Association of Fire Fighters Conference.

The card check bill makes it easier for workers to unionize; specifically, it allows workers to join a union by signing union-issued cards instead of holding a vote by secret ballot. The measure passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate because, Pelosi said, then-President George W. Bush said he wouldn’t sign it.

“What a difference an election makes,— Pelosi said to a room of applause, adding later: “It’s only fair that for some — it’s fair for all of you to have collective bargaining.—

The bill has met stiff opposition from Senate Republicans and business groups, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said last week that with “just a little bit— of help from Republicans, the Senate could pass the measure before the August recess.