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Senate Democrats are promising pre-emptive gridlock for 2013.


Even if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win on November 6, his agenda will be stymied if Republicans can’t pick up at least three more seats than their current 47 and control the Senate. That’s clear from the last two years, when Harry Reid’s not-so-deliberative body became the graveyard for fiscal and other reform.

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By WARNER TODD HUSTON Posted 06/15/2010 05:57 PM ET

In an effort to please union backers ahead of the 2010 midterm elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is quietly trying to nationalize rules governing every police, fire and first responder union in the nation.

Through the benignly named Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (H.R.413), Reid wants all first responders represented by collective bargaining rules emanating from Washington D.C. Naturally this legislation is being pushed as a matter of “national security.”

Democrats’ union supporters will greatly benefit from nationalized rules for police and fire unions. This plan would replace with federal rules state laws on collective bargaining between state and local governments and their first responder unions and would greatly empower unions to dictate pay scales and benefits on a national level.

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• Huston is a freelance writer based in Chicago.




The Wrong Pick

June 17, 2010