ENDA to Be Introduced on Thursday

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is set to be introduced this Thursday, the Washington Blade reports:

PolisThe bill will be reintroduced in the House by Rep. Jared Polis (pictured, D-Colo.), the most senior openly gay member of the chamber, who’s taking over the legislation now that former Rep. Barney Frank has retired. In the Senate, the legislation will be reintroduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). The lawmakers’ offices confirmed they would introduce ENDA concurrently on Thursday.

The Senate version of the bill will have five original sponsors: Merkley and lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) will be two Democrats, Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) will be two Republicans and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) will round out the quintet.

The number of original co-sponsors in the House remains to be seen. Conchita Cruz, a Polis spokesperson, said many House members have told her boss “they want to make sure that they are included” as original co-sponsors.

More at the Blade


  1. Tom says

    Based on the outcome of so many other “gay” related bills, it should not be to hard to predict the outcome, it will fail in the House, but pass probably closely in the Senate along party lines.It would be nice to be wrong here.

  2. Randy says

    Finally! Now we need to push everyone on this just like DADT. I”m not counting on Obama to push for this, for a variety of reasons.

    We start by educating people that it is perfectly legal to fire any one of us in most places around the country. Most staight people think we are covered already, so we need to let them know we are not.

    With education, support for ENDA is way over the top, even with Republicans supporting it by a slim majority. But even with those number, you need about 90% of Americans to support a gay issue before congress will act.

  3. Brian in Texas says

    I think we should get the bill passed even if it does not contain provisions to protect trans people. Trans people obviously should not be discriminated against but they have their own set of issues. ( bathroom selection, gender expression, dress codes, etc.)

    It will be intersting to see how that plays out this time around.

  4. Randy says

    ENDA is last decade. Let’s get sexual orientation, gender identity and expression added to the Civil Rights Act 1964.