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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to Announce He'll Bring ENDA to the Floor Before Thanksgiving


Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid, who promised in a Pride statement earlier this year that he would bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to a vote "soon" will do so before Thanksgiving, and will make that announcement today according to tweets from Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner and the HuffPost's Amanda Terkel.

Adds Terkel:

The Senate will convene Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. At that time, Reid will announce his plans to bring up ENDA during the current work period, which ends the week before Thanksgiving. Reid has long been a supporter of ENDA, cosponsoring it as early as 1997.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the bill in the Senate on April 25, and it currently has 54 cosponsors. Every single Democratic senator has signed on, with the exception of Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).

"I thank Majority Leader Reid for committing to bring ENDA to the floor this work period," Merkley said in a statement to The Huffington Post. "Americans understand that it’s time to make sure our LGBT friends and family are treated fairly and have the same opportunities. Now it's time for our laws to catch up. People should be judged at work on their ability to do the job, period.”

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  1. I will do a good deed and spare a life by having tofurkey for thanksgiving if he keeps his promise.

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Oct 28, 2013 12:58:19 PM

  2. Well, that will give the Immigration Reform bill some company on top of the scrap heap, going into the holidays.

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 28, 2013 12:58:29 PM

  3. My favorite politician in Washington is a Mormon. You never know, do ya'?

    @ "I will do a good deed and spare a life by having tofurkey for thanksgiving"

    Don't you dare. I bought some of that tofu stuff from one of our food vendors on campus a few weeks ago. It tastes like latex rubber (yes, I know what latex tastes like...better safe than sorry, baby)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 28, 2013 1:22:29 PM

  4. Helpful and hopeful, however, getting past the House: doubtful.

    Posted by: Joseph | Oct 28, 2013 1:22:50 PM

  5. I want to see names on the record against ENDA. I don't expect it to pass the House, and with the Senate, it's borderline. Even passing just one chamber would be big progress. But we're relying on Republicans and conservative Democrats to push us through, which has not worked well in the past.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 28, 2013 1:33:52 PM

  6. wait! give me a moment - i've just got to have popcorn ready for the house debate...

    Posted by: northalabama | Oct 28, 2013 1:54:30 PM

  7. Go for it Harry. It may not, well won't pass the House as others have posted, but its still the right thing to do.

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 28, 2013 3:43:11 PM

  8. If they had done this in 2009 like they originally promised it would be law right now. Now we will get a show vote in the Senate only to see the bill die in the House. Who cares.

    Posted by: Ken | Oct 28, 2013 5:19:01 PM

  9. This could have passed in 2008. Now it's up to Boehner.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 28, 2013 5:38:12 PM

  10. *2009 (oops)

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 28, 2013 5:38:32 PM

  11. This has as much chance passing as my dog has in growing wings. So long as the GOP control any part of government, nothing will get done.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Oct 28, 2013 7:22:26 PM

  12. Nope, could not have passed in '09 with trans protections included. Barney Frank may have been in favor of throwing our trans brothers and sisters under the bus, but fortunately wiser counsel prevailed.

    Posted by: BABH | Oct 28, 2013 9:23:54 PM

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