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Democrats Cave On Union Busting FAA Funding Bill

Ed Schultz spoke to the Association of Flight Attendents' Veda Shook about the Senate Democrats caving into the Republicans with the passage of the FAA reauthorization bill. Senate Dems Greenlight Key Anti-Union Bill: With the help of Senate
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Ed Schultz spoke to the Association of Flight Attendents' Veda Shook about the Senate Democrats caving into the Republicans with the passage of the FAA reauthorization bill.

Senate Dems Greenlight Key Anti-Union Bill:

With the help of Senate Democrats, Congress took its final step Monday toward enactment of long-term FAA reauthorization legislation, despite an aggressive last-minute effort by organized labor to kill the package.

The final vote was 75-20, with — not nearly enough Democratic opposition to prevent a supermajority from passing it and sending it off to President Obama for a signature.

Further background here. Democrats and Republicans have been tussling over this bill for a year now, with the key flashpoint being language aimed at preventing transportation workers from forming unions. In the end, Democratic leaders agreed with Republicans on a new measure that largely accomplishes the same anti-union goals — and labor officials are steamed.

It’s unclear how steep the political ramifications will be for Democrats who supported the final package — including President Obama. But unions will continue to make the point that this is not the year to undermine their priorities if, as an incumbent, you want to rely on union organizing power.

The roll call is available here.

Here's the shorter list of the no votes.

Akaka (D-HI)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Brown (D-OH)
Cardin (D-MD)
Casey (D-PA)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harkin (D-IA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Leahy (D-VT)
Lee (R-UT)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Sanders (I-VT)
Stabenow (D-MI)

And there were five not voting.

Barrasso (R-WY)
Conrad (D-ND)
Hatch (R-UT)
Kirk (R-IL)
Vitter (R-LA)

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