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The news that Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter is switching political parties and becoming a Democrat has been applauded by union supporters, but Specter tempered their enthusiasm by saying that the switch will not affect his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

The EFCA would make it easier for unions to get certified, with workers able to opt for unionization by signing a card rather than going through a mandatory secret ballot. Opposition to the bill have been counting on the fact that there were enough votes in the Senate to stop it from becoming law.

"My change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats than I have been for the Republicans," Specter said in the statement announcing his move to the Democrats. "I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture. For example, my position on Employee Free Choice [card check] will not change."

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