ENDA passes Senate committee

Timothy Kincaid

July 10th, 2013

Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took up the Employment Non Discrimination Act today. (RollCall)

Three Republicans joined all the Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as it endorsed legislation that would ban workplace harassment and job discrimination nationwide based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The 15-7 approval vote makes clear that a majority of senators support passage, and that the roster of supporters is no more than a handful short of the 60 necessary to overcome a guaranteed filibuster from Republican cultural conservatives.

The Republicans voting yes were Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, and Orrin Hatch of Utah. Sue Collins of Maine (not on that committee) has also signed on as a sponsor.

The “no” votes were Lamar Alexander (Tennessee), Michael Enzi (Wyoming), Richard Burr (North Carolina), Johnny Isakson (Georgia), Rand Paul (Kentucky), Pat Roberts (Kansas), and Tim Scott (South Carolina).


July 10th, 2013

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

“I oppose any form of discrimination, though I do draw the line on the definition of marriage,” Hatch said shortly after the vote, espousing a position similar to that offered by Mormon church leaders.

[[shrug shoulders]] I guess this is progress. SLOWLY but surely.


July 10th, 2013

What is with this 60 votes are needed to beat a filibuster? This is getting ridiculous! They need to change the rules back and make people stand on their feet and talk like Wendy Davis, if they are going to call a fillibuster.
It is no longer majority rule if you need 60 votes all the time.


July 11th, 2013

Wait just a bloomin’ a minute!

Wasn’t it Richard Burr who has supported Marriage Equality AND voted for DADT repeal?

Why YESS, I think it is!:

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/07/09/gop-senators-targeted-as-enda-senate-vote-approaches/ it

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