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Reid to bring ENDA to Senate floor for a vote before Thanksgiving recess

Monday, October 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office confirmed Monday that the Nevada Democrat will announce that he is bringing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the full Senate for consideration before its scheduled Thanksgiving recess.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

ENDA, passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee with bipartisan support earlier this year, would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment,

A spokesperson for Reid told LGBTQ Nation that the exact scheduling of a floor vote has yet to be determined.

“It is long past time that Congress come together to protect LGBT people from discrimination and harassment in the workplace, said Tico Almeida, founder and president of Freedom to Work, a national LGBT organization dedicated to passing ENDA

“After months of meeting with Republican Senators and their senior staff, we’re confident we have the 60 votes to defeat any attempted filibuster. We’re keeping the pressure up as the vote approaches,” said Almeida, in a statement to LGBTQ Nation.

“Now is the time for the Senate to act,” he said.

The legislation was first introduced two decades ago in 1994 and had its first vote in 1996, the same year the Defense of Marriage Act was signed by former President Bill Clinton.

This would be the first time ENDA has been voted on in the U.S. Senate in 17 years and the first time a transgender-inclusive ENDA has received a vote.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. With any luck, the USA will join the 21st century on this one…. ;)

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:07pm
  2. Bravo.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:09pm
  3. It’s 2013 and it’s not on the books already? Glad I’m Canadian!

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:12pm
  4. I thought that mean he was going under the knife and becoming a woman who’s name was EDNA! LOL

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:13pm
  5. NOT funny

    Replied on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:32pm
  6. It is funny because I am a MTF trans person

    Replied on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:01pm
  7. Yay!

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:17pm
  8. Heres hoping

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:19pm
  9. better late than never… I just hope it has what it needs in the bill instead of some watered down crap.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:39pm
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