“We’d like to have as broad a coalition as possible in order to create as much momentum as possible for the House to say, ‘Well, this really does merit taking this up,’” Sen. Jeff Merkley says of his efforts to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushes House to act after expected Senate passage Thursday.
Coming vote will be the first time Senate has voted on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act since 1996. Seven Republicans joined 54 Senate Democrats in the 61-30 vote to prevent any filibuster of the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to announce the coming floor consideration of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday, his office says.
Advocates — and the bill’s lead sponsor — had hoped the chairman would consider the bill, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, in his committee in May or June. It won’t happen until “probably after the Fourth of July break,” Iowa’s Tom Harkin says.
“If we have a bipartisan vote coming out of the Senate … I think there’s a very good chance that the House will decide to take it up,” Merkley says of his hopes to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act this Congress.
Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) will vote against Obama’s pick for the top CIA spot. But the advocate of the old-fashioned filibuster didn’t join in Wednesday because Obama deserves “timely up-or-down votes,” his press secretary says.
“We don’t believe anyone should be denied the opportunity to participate in the amazing and important experience that is Scouting,” Sens. Jeff Merkley and Sherrod Brown write.
Neither the Congress nor the White House have taken action on a law to stop anti-LGBT job discrimination or an executive order to ban contractors from doing so. Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Jared Polis plan a new push.
Although marriage equality advocates have found recent success, anti-LGBT job bias measures have been stalled in Congress and at the White House.