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.”


  1. says

    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.

  2. Burt says

    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.

  3. woody says

    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.

  4. Joe in Ct says

    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.

  5. says

    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”

  6. Joseph says

    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!

  7. Mike Ryan says

    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.

  8. northalabama says

    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?

  9. joel says

    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

  10. rroberts says

    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.

  11. Jack M says

    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.

  12. woodroad34 says

    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.

  13. Randy says

    Wow. I would have figured even Boehner would see that he needs to at least allow a vote on something that most citizens and even most conservatives want.

  14. graphicjack says

    The Americans that are losing jobs are the GLBT workers getting fired by their bigoted bosses… THAT’S the jobs you need to protect, not the so-called “put-upon” employers who have all the power. These lawsuits being called “frivolous” is really insulting to those who have lost their jobs for no good reason but bigotry. I think it’s time this asshat loses HIS job. Enough is enough.

  15. Bill Perdue says

    They could have passed an inclusive, effective ENDA in 2009-10 but refused to. They’ve refused to for about 40 years if you include predecessor bills introduced by Abzug and Koch,

    The House passed a form of ENDA in 2007 but it had been gutted by Frank and was worthless. Democrats dropped it to make it harder for Republicans to accuse them of being partial to the LGBT communities.

    They move on ENDA when it can’t become law and when they need money and votes.

  16. simon says

    Why he just wants to protect small business but not big business like Apple. He must have forgotten the GOP’s dogma about big business trickles down to small business and corporations are people too.

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