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John Boehner Still Opposed to ENDA, Sinking Hopes for House Vote


As the Senate prepares to vote on (and looks likely to pass) the Employment Non-Discrimination Act later today, its chances in the House are looking particularly bleak. Today House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reiterated his opposition to the legislation, the Huffington Post reports:

"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.

The remark from Steel is a tough blow for supporters of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
...And with Boehner coming out in opposition, it seems unlikely that it would even get a vote.

Boehner had previously side-stepped questions about the law, suggesting that new statutes were unnecessary in light of the growing cultural acceptance of gays and lesbians.

Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters that she envisioned a path to passage of ENDA similar to that of the Violence Against Women Act. Of course, that all depends on whether the measure even gets consideration.

President Obama urged both houses of Congress to pass the bill in an op-ed at the Huffington Post last night.

White House Press Secretary also indicated last week that a successful vote in the Senate would not change Obama's thinking on issuing an executive order against LGBT workplace discrimination.

Said Carney to the Washington Blade:

“I think that what I would say is that we have long believed that legislation, an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, that would enshrine these protections into law is the right way to go. You and I have this discussion periodically over the year, and that’s still our view. I’m not going to prejudge what’s going to happen in Congress. What I can tell you is that it’s come further than I think some people expected a year ago, and we want to continue to see that progress in Congress.”

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  1. Did anyone really think that the Rethugs in the House would let, no less pass, a vote on ENDA.

    Posted by: Continuum | Nov 4, 2013 10:59:58 AM

  2. Hey LCR's and GoProud - how's the GOP wrking out for ya?

    Posted by: disgusted american | Nov 4, 2013 11:09:37 AM

  3. They give the same reason for every bill they opposed. “Americans will lose jobs.“

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Nov 4, 2013 11:17:39 AM

  4. The GOP--firmly standing in the way of fairness and equality since 1879.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Nov 4, 2013 11:21:46 AM

  5. And the Party of Bigots rolls on unabashed.

    Isn't it strange that every country in Europe has non-discrimination legislation in which sexual orientation is included, and no examples of lost jobs has ever been asserted.
    But USA is so afraid to look outside its borders.

    Boehner and Co are the 'love the sinner, hate the sin' type hypocrites.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 4, 2013 11:22:44 AM

  6. What can I say? Boehner is a Jerk. I fail to see how that would cost jobs. I can, however, see suits being filed against businesspeople who insist on mixing their brand of religion into their businesses. I think most of us would rather not work for a bigot anyhow. All a lawsuit would do is drive the bigotry underground if lost, rather than eliminate it. Conversely the winning the suit would potentially embolden the bigot, convinced that his way is gods way.

    Posted by: Burt | Nov 4, 2013 11:23:09 AM

  7. Go ahead Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud,try and spin this again.
    Republicans are bigots,period.

    Posted by: Kevin | Nov 4, 2013 11:23:34 AM

  8. He's always trying to show off his eyes by wearing baby blue ties and keeping a tan. Jesus, this guy is vain.
    I used to do that once in a while when I was in high school but, I mean really, grow up John. We know you have pretty eyes. Get over it.

    Posted by: woody | Nov 4, 2013 11:30:38 AM

  9. Gay or straight, voters need to remember this fiasco -- on top of the shutdown debacle -- and push these Republican obstructionists to the exits in the mid-term elections. Republicans will never wake up until they are utterly and repeatedly defeated at the polls again and again. They are truly a minority party, but they still have enough power to harm our country.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Nov 4, 2013 11:43:39 AM

  10. LCR and GOProuders will simply say "we're not discriminated against by Republicans, we're discriminated against by those intolerant leftist liberal gays!" They won't have an intelligent explanation, but they'll say it anyway.

    Over and over again the GOP ignores and dismissed actual empirical evidence of LGBT discrimination and prejudice in favor of BoogeyMan Non-Reality Discrimination against "Christians" - it's akin to ignoring evolution because you'd prefer to think "God just created it all as is"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 4, 2013 11:46:38 AM

  11. @ WOODY :

    "pretty eyes", seriously ?
    I always thought they were borrow a phrase from the nutcases.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 4, 2013 11:54:00 AM

  12. Boehner proclaims the freedom to discriminate should not be set aside for "frivolous" reasons. To hell with the House Rethuglicans! It's gonna cost ya in 2014, and 2016!

    Posted by: Joseph | Nov 4, 2013 12:06:44 PM

  13. The Boner wants to give cover to House Repubs so they don't have to go on the record in favor of bigotry.

    Posted by: Pervy McPerv | Nov 4, 2013 12:23:22 PM

  14. LCR and GOProud won't say anything about it because neither group is supportive of ENDA. GOProud has been very vocal about their disapproval of ENDA.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 4, 2013 12:44:24 PM

  15. The House should have passed it in Obama's first term. There may be another chance in 2014 to kick Boner out of his speakership.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 4, 2013 12:47:59 PM

  16. People have scoffed at me telling the tale of my 64-YO gay neighbor who worked for HUD for 28 years, an outstanding employee - even voted "Federal Employee of the Year" in 2007" - only to be terminated by his new homophobic supervisor for being openly gay. His SF-50 (the personnel action form presented whenever there is a change in your work employment status) clearly states "Reason for Termination" it says plain as day: Homosexual. This prevents him from ever working within the Federal Government again destroying his whole working career. The agency dragged the litigation out for more than a year preventing him from filing for retirement.

    "That doesn't happen ... They can't do that ... You're making that up ..." but its all true and a matter of public records. The 5-day trial transcript was released to the public for all to read. The agency won the case citing the lack of Federal law to prevent such firings.

    You can see why Republican bigots refuse to support ENDA. If they do that they won't be able to rid the Federal Government of those awful perverted gay men and lesbian women.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 4, 2013 12:50:09 PM

  17. well thats a shocker!! The GOP continues its path backwards, while everybody else moves forward!!!

    Posted by: Tom | Nov 4, 2013 1:00:32 PM

  18. a supermajority of americans, and a majority of republicans, support enda. hell, 80% of the country believe it's the law already.

    why not let it come to the floor for a vote, on the record? because it might pass?

    Posted by: northalabama | Nov 4, 2013 1:21:14 PM

  19. This man is one of the worst most ineffective house speaker ever. How can anyone be so committed to blocking any kind of meaningful legislation. Oh right, money. You just know he's on the take and if not than the biggest doormat the repubs have ever had. A vile man

    Posted by: joel | Nov 4, 2013 1:24:07 PM

  20. If the House fails on this, which appears quite likely, it's time for President Obama to issue an executive order. I can understand trying to get Congress to do the right thing, but when thugs willfully f*ck things up, then enough is enough.

    Posted by: rroberts | Nov 4, 2013 1:43:00 PM

  21. He is right...people will now continue to lose people...that is what he wants soof course he will vote no

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 4, 2013 1:52:12 PM

  22. He opposed the VAW Act, yet that was brought to a vote. We can keep pushing for a discharge petition or also attach it to a must pass bill.

    Posted by: Stefan | Nov 4, 2013 1:53:46 PM

  23. He means it will cost his own job and those of his fellow GOP's because it will cost them the support of the religious nuts.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 4, 2013 2:39:08 PM

  24. This guy is even quoted as saying we already have laws that prevent employment distrimination for LGBT people. What would he know about being employed? All he does is drink, play golf and spout his GOP rhetorical nonsense. I live for the day he is no longer Speaker of the House.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 4, 2013 2:45:03 PM

  25. He's replaced the Florida Orange with the Ohio Orange. Why doesn't Pete La Barbera chastise him for usurping something that used to be fun and taste good with something that tastes decidedly bitter.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Nov 4, 2013 2:48:15 PM

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