In yesterday’s daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs offered tepid support for EFCA from the Obama Administration. This might create some anxiety for EFCA proponents.
Here’s the back and forth:
QUESTION: Robert, the Employee Free Choice Act, you’ve got a full plate, but that seems to have gotten pushed aside. There are some labor leaders who feel that there has not been enough vocal support from the administration on the Employee Free Choice Act. So two questions: Is this something the President supports, and is it a priority for this year?
MR. GIBBS: I don’t have anything new on it from what we’ve — I don’t know when the last time we were asked. I think you heard the President talk about his support for it throughout the campaign, and it’s obviously one of many things that we will work on throughout our time here.
Gibbs’ response doesn’t seem like EFCA is too pressing of an issue for the Obama White House. Here’s the follow-up:
QUESTION: High priority for this year?
MR. GIBBS: Let me check. I believe it is — I believe it is, again, something the President campaigned on and we’d like to see happen.
Well, that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence if you’re an EFCA supporter.