Bil Browning

ENDA Reintroduced in Senate

Filed By Bil Browning | April 14, 2011 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: employment non-discrimination, ENDA, Jeff Merkley, LGBT rights, Senate

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) held a press conference this morning to announce the reintroduction of a fully inclusive ENDA. According to a Washington Blade article yesterday, the legislation will quickly gain co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.

Share photos on twitter with TwitpicThe Senate version of ENDA, according to Capitol Hill sources, is set to have Republican support immediately upon introduction from Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Mirk Kirk (R-Ill.),

Kevin Kelley, a Collins spokesperson, said his boss and Kirk would be original co-sponsors along with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.

ENDA has already been introduced in the house with fewer than expected co-sponsors - especially from members of the Black Congressional Caucus. UAFA is also expected to be introduced into the House of Representatives today.

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Eugene Fisk | April 15, 2011 9:47 AM

A hundred years from now I hope they look back on this time as one when our country 'grew up' on gay rights.

ENDA seems like it should go the way of the 1964 Civil Rights Act - it's a slam-dunk.

I correlate success with UAFA, with DOMA, meaning until we get rid of DOMA, UAFA won't fly.

Not sure which is more frustrating:

1. DOMA's very existence, since it has no Constitutional basis and cannot be enforced.

2. The CBC playing politics on gay rights

I'll call it a tie !