Many affiliates no doubt have heard that Senator Harry Reid [D-Nevada] plans to invoke cloture on the IAFF’s collective bargaining bill and is hoping to move the measure to the Senate floor as soon as possible.
This is a significant development in the decades-long attempt to extend bargaining rights to fire fighters. But hurdles have appeared since the majority leader discussed his plan for the collective bargaining bill.
There are multiple stories out today outlining the GOP’s strategy to block any legislation unless they get a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers. The Obama administration wants to extend tax cuts for all but the top 2 percent of taxpayers.
The GOP strategy will jeopardize many bills, including collective bargaining and the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, two crucial IAFF measures that Senator Reid hoped to pass during the lame-duck session of Congress. The Wall Street Journal points out that the strategy could bring all legislation to a standstill.