Final Senate Vote on ENDA Set for Thursday Afternoon

The final Senate vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is set for Thursday afternoon, The Hill reports:

Thursday, the Senate will vote on a GOP amendment to expand religious
exemptions under the bill before voting to end debate on the measure. If
Democrats get 60 votes to end debate, the Senate will then vote on
final passage at 1:45 p.m.

While many are calling the bill a non-starter in the House because
Speaker John Boehner opposes the legislation, Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid was expressing optimism at a meeting with reporters today,
reports Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade:

Amid concerns that moving the bill in the House would be a non-starter
given the Republican leadership’s opposition, Reid said he “wouldn’t be
too sure about that.”

“I think the House is going to have to capitulate,” Reid said. “If they
have any hope of a president that can be a viable candidate, or they
think they can elect some Republicans, and want to hang on to the House,
they’ve got issues.”

After saying on the Senate floor Tuesday he thinks the bill would pass
the House if it were allowed to come up for a vote, Reid reaffirmed that
belief to reporters, saying passage would be “easy.”

Reid dismissed the idea of a discharge petition to move the bill and
also rejected attaching it to larger legislation like a defense bill:

Reid said the better path is to make “one loud chant” to pass the bill
along with legislation related to immigration, marketplace fairness,
postal reform as well as the farm bill to make the House look like it’s
“living in some other world.”

More at The Blade


  1. Travis says

    I agree, we need to get certain religious exemptions out of the bill, but we aren’t going to get it all. That goes against existing civil rights law regarding religious freedom. Good or bad, that is not changing.

  2. renovato says

    If the US Congress passes this bill with such extensive (and more perhaps to be added) it will do more harm than good. Has anyone considered how this possible Federal law will affect State and local ordinances against discrimination?
    Since Federal Law has Supremacy in regard to Equality legislation (other provisions of the Constitution taken into account) Congress has power to define how the 14th ammendment has effect. Think people! You are giving away your equality to the religious crazy by giving them exemption from treating people with respect and decency. They demand primacy for their personal belief above all else, even above your very existance, if they can get away with it. This bill will reduce your existing rights in many instances.
    Do NOT allow this bill to pass it is worse than NO bill.

  3. yuninv says

    Travis, legislating legal discrimination for a particular group is far and away different than not having anything on the books. Now, a person can attempt to sue because there are no protections for discrimination and their mileage may vary. If this becomes law, any discrimination based on religious intolerance can be dismissed as, “Well, it’s legal, so you have no recourse.”

    However, if that is “crazy ass” to you, then I don’t know what to tell you.

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