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W.H. Press Secretary Can't Think of an Action Obama Has Taken in the Past Year to Support ENDA: VIDEO


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked yesterday by the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson about the President's commitment to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which is being introduced in Congress this week.

Said Carney:

"The administration will continue to work to build support for this important legislation because we believe that this is the right way, the right approach to take, because it is inclusive and that’s why we supported it then, that’s why we’re glad to see it being reintroduced."

When asked for "one thing" the President has done in the past year to build support for ENDA, Carney couldn't really say:

“His support for this specific legislation, I think, is reflected in the fact that it’s being introduced, as you said, in the House and the Senate. And he will work with like-minded lawmakers who support movement on this legislation to see it pass and ultimately signed into law. That’s how this process works. This is the approach the president thought was the right one to take and he’s encouraged by the progress being made.”


In a piece by Reuters last week which noted the White House's sluggishness on the issue, Lambda Legal's Jon Davidson said "there's more that he can do" and in March, 110 House lawmakers signed a letter calling for Obama to bypass the languishing legislation and issue and executive order protecting LGBT workers from discrimination.

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  1. ENDA- with trans protections, should be passed and signed into law without delay.

    Posted by: HirsuteHeuristics | Apr 24, 2013 10:52:50 AM

  2. The question wasn't what the house and the senate had done

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Apr 24, 2013 10:53:19 AM

  3. God love him, as my grandma used to say. That's bless his heart for you southerners.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 24, 2013 11:03:59 AM

  4. The President must focus on gay issues only.

    Posted by: GB | Apr 24, 2013 11:28:52 AM

  5. "That’s how this process works. This is the approach the president thought was the right one to take..."

    In other words, just like DADT repeal, I'll let someone else do the heavy lifting, then when it gets done, I'll add it to my list of accomplishments. Don't get me wrong, I understand fully that we're better off with this president than we are with the other options we had, but he takes an awful lot of credit for things he didn't actually do.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Apr 24, 2013 12:02:20 PM

  6. Goes to show we're still the lap dogs in society, even with the progresses we've made.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 24, 2013 12:39:21 PM

  7. C'mon Barach. This one's a no-brainer. Supporting marriage equality didn't hurt you--it helped you--and this issue is MUCH less controversial. Even republican voters support it.

    Posted by: dh | Apr 24, 2013 12:39:47 PM

  8. ENDA is last decade.

    Nothing less than inclusion in the civil rights acts that all other minorities are included in is acceptable.

    We aren't a separate species.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 24, 2013 1:24:01 PM

  9. Marriage is a sexy issue. This isn't. I'm not surprised at the lack of political will on ENDA and immigration inclusiveness.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 24, 2013 1:34:22 PM

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