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Labor still short a vote or two in the Senate on EFCA?

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The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), the subject of our cover story this week, passed the U.S. House in 2007 but died in the Senate, where the filibuster rules say you need 60 votes out of 100, not just 51, to pass most legislation. What are its chances in the current session? Once again, House Democrats are poised to pass it. But according to Talking Points Memo, Senate approval remains problematic. The 58-member Democratic majority (59 if Al Franken prevails, as seems likely, in the Minnesota recount) may not be solidly in favor; even if they are, where's the Republican senator or two who'll be needed to break the GOP filibuster this time?

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