Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) Becomes Key 60th Vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

HellerIn a statement released this morning, Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) announced his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), making him the critical 60th vote necessary to avoid a potential filibuster.

Said Heller:

"After listening to Nevadans' concerns about this issue from a variety of viewpoints and after numerous conversations with my colleagues, I feel that supporting this legislation is the right thing to do. Under the leadership of this Governor, as well as the legislature over the past several years, Nevada has established a solid foundation of anti-discrimination laws. This legislation raises the federal standards to match what we have come to expect in Nevada, which is that discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstances."

ENDA is scheduled for a vote later today. 


  1. woody says

    But this bill will die in the republican-controlled House, right?
    It’s nice that this will pass the Senate, but that probably won’t mean we’ll get ENDA.

  2. bkmn says

    It may not pass in the House but this is one step of many. Attaining passage in the Senate has taken many years and our thanks should go to the HRC and other groups that are working so hard for progress.

  3. HadenoughBS says

    That’s great news. Unfortunately, Speaker of the House John “orange is the new bigot” Boehner doesn’t support the bill and, as of now, won’t bring it to the House floor for a vote. That makes the 2014 mid-year elections all that more important to put the House speakership back in the hands of Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

  4. Ken says

    Back in 2009-2010, Nancy Pelosi was speaker and the Democrats has a huge majority in the Senate and it didn’t get brought up for a vote then either. Neither party has any interest in actually seeing this pass. The Democrats love to hold ENDA out as a carrot to fund raise from the gay community. If it passes they can’t do that any more. That’s why Pelosi didn’t bring it up for a vote in 2009, and won’t if she becomes Speaker again in 2015. There will always be another excuse.

  5. Randy says

    Thanks to the Republicans and conservative Democrats who recently announced support for ENDA in the Senate.

    I wonder if they’d have taken this step, if they knew it would fail in the House. Maybe there’s a chance.

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