President Obama told the AFL-CIO on Wednesday that he would "keep on fighting" to pass the controversial "card check" bill.
Obama said during a speech to the labor group's executive committee meeting that he continued to support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, or "card check") among the litany of proposals he favors to help workers.
"[W]e're going to keep on fighting to pass the Employee Free Choice Act," Obama told the union.
"Getting EFCA through Senate is going to be tough. It’s always been tough; it will continue to be tough. We’ll keep on pushing," he said.
Lobbying for and against the legislation has continued at a healthy pace. Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinFCC needs to help services for the deaf catch up to videoconferencing tech Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Ex-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa MORE (D-Iowa), a key Democrat and proponent of the legislation, has suggested that some form of the bill could move during the lame-duck Congress between Election Day and early January, when a new Congress is sworn in.
To that end, Republicans and groups like the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) have sought to put their supporters on alert in coming months, putting pressure on lawmakers to swear off lame-duck action on EFCA or other top priorities that will have gone without action until November.