That seems to be what Senator Harkin was saying in yesterday's report in The Hill,Harkin: Kennedy’s illness stopped card-check vote back in July. According to the story, Harkin had an agreement supported by organized labor and with Kennedy would have had the 60 votes, but Kennedy was too ill to come to capital hill to vote.
The details of that agreement according to Harkin: "I will not say because it was closely held, it never leaked out and it still hasn’t." No kidding.
That EFCA was ever that close to actual passage would be a shocker. While I obviously don't know, something about it just does not ring true. And I am not the only one who wonders, Card Check: Harkin Then, Harkin Now.