Baucus, Tester coy on EFCA intentions

Montana's two Democratic senators projected some coyness about their support for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) after having previously sponsored the labor legislation.

Both Sens. Max BaucusMax BaucusChina moves to lift ban on US beef Overnight Healthcare: Zika fight stalls government funding talks | Census finds big drop in uninsured | Mental health bill faces wait Glover Park Group now lobbying for Lyft MORE (D-Mont.) and Jon TesterJon TesterOvernight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks Overnight Energy: Judges scrutinize Obama climate rule Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE (D-Mont.) refused to say how they'd plan to vote on the bill, though they were both sponsors of EFCA in 2007.

"It would be very hard to support the bill in its current form, but that is why I'm working with my colleagues in the Senate to bring some common-sense modifications to the bill to make sure it balances workers' interests with small-business interests," Baucus told The Missoulian, which did a two-part series on EFCA's potential impact on Montana.

Tester's spokesman meanwhile said EFCA "isn't ready for a Senate vote yet," and added that Tester would weigh the bill's pros and cons before deciding on how to vote.

Neithner Baucus nor Tester are sponsors of the most recent iteration of the labor bill.

The statements mark more potential woes for organized labor, which has been lobbying other centrist Democrats to support the legislation, with some reported success.