What’s Happening with ENDA?

The ENDA vote that was scheduled to take place this week has been postponed and has not yet been rescheduled.

Gay City News has an update on the bill’s status: “At a late Friday afternoon meeting in the speaker’s office on October 12, a large group of LGBT advocates were told the votes were not there to ensure passage of a trans-inclusive ENDA and the House would proceed with consideration of Frank’s revised bill. That measure won approval last week in the Education and Labor Committee and was slated for a floor vote on October 24. By Tuesday, however, that target had slipped by a day and on the 24th it became clear that no vote would take place this week. Rumors circulated on Capitol Hill that, in the face of growing numbers of Democrats unhappy with the prospects of voting either way on the bill as now written – to leave the trans community behind or to defeat the first gay rights vote ever held – leadership was weighing the option of pulling the bill altogether for the time being to regroup. However, a spokesperson for Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader and Pelosi’s number two, said his office is hoping to schedule the vote for next week, but that a date would not be firmed up until the end of this week. That spokesperson said no consideration had been given to pulling the measure.

And the clip above is Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-Queens/Brooklyn) speech to the House on the need to pass a trans-inclusive ENDA. He spoke Tuesday night.

Posted October 25, 2007 at 4:00pm ETC by Andy Towle
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