Obama: Not enough votes for labor's 'card check' bill
President Obama on Thursday acknowledged there aren't the votes to pass the union-sought bill to make it easier to form labor unions, and said congressional backers will have to rewrite the bill to find common ground.
"I'm supportive of it, but there aren't enough votes right now in the Senate to get this bill passed," Mr. Obama said at a town hall in Rio Rancho, N.M., saying that some parts such as the provision removing the requirement for a secret ballot to form a union will have to be deleted.
It's been clear for some time that the bill did not have enough support to overcome a filibuster, but Mr. Obama's acknowledgment shifts pressure from opponents back to supporters, who will now have to try to come up with new legislation that can get agreement.
All 40 Senate Republicans and several Senate Democrats have said they oppose the bill as written, meaning there are enough votes to block the measure with a filibuster.