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Boehner Tells LGBT Caucus There's 'No Way' ENDA Will Get a Vote in 2014

House Speaker John Boehner told members of the LGBT Equality Caucus last week at a historic first meeting that the Employment Non-Discrimination act had no chances of seeing a vote in 2014, the Washington Blade reports.

BoehnerThe information was relayed to the Blade through Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA):

“A number of us did meet with, actually the caucus met with Speaker Boehner,” Takano said. “He said no way was it going to get done in this session.”

Calling the discussion between Boehner and the lawmakers “a historic sort of meeting,” Takano later clarified he was referring to the LGBT Equality Caucus, a 113-member group of lawmakers committed to advancing LGBT rights, and said the meeting took place “a few days ago” or last week.

A “session” of Congress is equivalent to one of the two years in which a particular Congress meets before a new Congress is seated, so Takano’s account of the meeting indicates ENDA won’t see a House vote in 2014.

Details on exactly who attended the meeting or its exact date were not disclosed.

LGBT advocates had been pushing for a mention of the legislation from President Obama in his State of the Union address but that did not happen.

Meanwhile, the White House says that despite the lack of a mention ENDA is still a priority, MetroWeekly reports:

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route to an event in Pittsburgh, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama's position on LGBT-rights is "crystal clear."

"When it comes to the Employment Non-discrimination Act, he is fiercely supportive of that effort, enormously gratified by the fact the Senate took action and very hopeful that the House will follow suit. Because as I've said many times, reflecting his opinion, members of the House who block this are being left at the station as the train moves forward on what would obviously be an America where equal rights are extended to all Americans," Carney said. "So I think his record on LGBT rights is crystal-clear, his position is crystal-clear, and he continues to press Congress to take action on ENDA."

The other option would be to issue an executive order, which the President appears to be reluctant to do.

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  1. The Democrats really let LGBT people down in 2009. This was the simplest thing they could have passed, having even then earned broad support, and it would have had an effect across the country.

    I would never have guessed that ENDA would come after DADT repeal, and after federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

    Given that Congress is now powerless to do anything on this issue, Democrats must pressure the President step up.

    There's a Congressional election this year. Don't get taken for granted.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 29, 2014 7:42:08 PM


  2. For executive order, I bet he will not issue it until he is going to step down. that will be the end of 2016.

    Posted by: ppp | Jan 29, 2014 7:43:21 PM


  3. Please don't punish him on not issuing executive order by refusing to vote. This will allow R to take control of congress, which will be disastrous. The best example is the TEA congress in 2010.

    Posted by: ppp | Jan 29, 2014 7:46:37 PM


  4. Expected nothing less from John of Orange-
    he is from the most repressed and theocratic part of the state of Ahia-----just a stone's throw away from the Creation Museum in KY.

    Posted by: Nick | Jan 29, 2014 7:49:34 PM


  5. Obama is dragging his feet on ENDA. If he doesn't issue an executive order this year, I won't vote for any Democrat candidate.

    Yes, congressional approval would be better. But it's not going to happen. The ball is in Obama's court. Act now or you will lose the support of gays, Mr President.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 29, 2014 7:57:31 PM


  6. Because legislating equality and justice is such a low-priority when there is an Affordable Care Act that must. be. torpedoed. at. all. cost.

    Posted by: MajorTom | Jan 29, 2014 8:02:12 PM


  7. Sam, I believe the strategy you're advocating there is called "cutting off your nose to spite your face." Obama doesn't issue an EO, so you won't vote for ANYONE who supports you. This helps you ... how?

    As for people being upset that he didn't announce he would issue an EO ... you don't ANNOUNCE that you "will issue something by executive order unless congress passes it", because if you DO, Congress has no reason ... to pass it ... it just gives them a reason to call your bluff.

    Posted by: MDK | Jan 29, 2014 8:06:34 PM


  8. Yep, lets all get made at Obama because he ain't givin us all we want when we want it. Lets show him and vote Republican. That sure will improve the chances of LGBT equality. LOL. Morons!

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 29, 2014 8:17:15 PM


  9. sam

    not voting is being complicit in the election of a republican

    might as well cut off your nose to spite your face

    Posted by: Moz's | Jan 29, 2014 8:17:53 PM


  10. I thought there was all this talk about Obama signing an executive order and how he was going to discuss it during the SOTU. He never even mentioned it.

    Posted by: x:x | Jan 29, 2014 8:27:13 PM


  11. Between the breaks the HOuse takes and all the repeal votes on Obamacare when would they have time? The only way anything will get done is by Proclamation of the President.

    Posted by: Macmantoo | Jan 29, 2014 8:37:39 PM


  12. MOZ'S,

    I won't vote for a President who isn't prepared to issue an executive order. The ball's in his court.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 29, 2014 8:39:44 PM


  13. The ball is in the President's court, not ours and certainly not the Republicans'. He can do what he's proposing to do re the minimum wage - ie sign an executive order.

    The ball is in the President's court. It's not hard to play, Mr Prez.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 29, 2014 8:41:21 PM


  14. Apparently Boner is a self-loathing closeted homosexual homophobe whom is trying desperately to hide his true identity. Fine for himself but he is harming our cause at all costs. May he burn in Hell for his wicked deception. Or rather suffer Hell on earth as we are since there is no real biblical Hell.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Jan 29, 2014 8:50:16 PM


  15. Via Jimmy LaSalvio he said that the political elitists know that there anti lgbt stand is a political torpedo. Hell even the rnc chair knows that to win major elections the party needs the embrace the lgbt community and push for equalization but they and the rnc chair with McConnell and BOEHNER know that some meaning the evangelical or in my view radical Christians right would kill them in the primaries. But they meaning the RNC CHAIRMAN, MITCH MCCONNELL, & JOHN BOEHNER need to have the back bone to loss 10% of there voting base to gain 30% more for people like me to join the gop. If the gop took a pro lgbt rights stance I will join them.

    Posted by: S. Holmes | Jan 29, 2014 8:51:23 PM


  16. Let's see. Progress on DADT. Progress on marriage. No progress on ENDA in over 20 years. I wonder why? What makes ENDA different from these other issues?

    Oh yeah! A few years ago, a bunch of crossdressers and transsexuals informed gay people that they were henceforth to think of themselves as something called "LGBT" and that no gay person could ever again advocate for gay civil rights unless crossdressing and transsexualism were included in the very same bill. And our so-called leaders agreed to this insanity. Our allies in Congress told us that if we took this position, nothing would pass, but we had to obey the rules of this new "LGBT" fiction and we said "all or nothing."

    The result is that nothing has ever passed. LGBs have been hurt. And even Ts have been hurt, because some Ts are also LGB and some Ts are mistaken for LGB, and they would have benefited from passage. But because our top priority now is placating heterosexual crossdressers, nothing passed.

    And nothing will pass. And frankly, nothing should pass so long as the 2 are improperly bundled together. Sexual orientation and "gender identity and expression" are 2 different issues and should be in separate bills, considered on their respective merits.

    Posted by: Frank | Jan 29, 2014 8:56:06 PM


  17. An executive order would affect government agencies and provisions that are written into government contracts. The immediate benefit goes to government employees and employees of contractors. So far as I know, all those people already have those protections. Why pour gasoline on a political fire? Why pick a fight that you've already won?

    Posted by: Harshan | Jan 29, 2014 8:57:13 PM


  18. You show em SAM. F#ck those democrats. Our chances for LGBT equality are much better with the Republicans, LOL!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 29, 2014 9:00:44 PM


  19. Do the EO O!

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Jan 29, 2014 9:29:09 PM


  20. Why would these people degrade themselves by groveling at the feet of the republican party?

    Posted by: niles | Jan 29, 2014 10:05:13 PM


  21. c'mon, it's an election year - for republicans, too. unless you want double the size of the tea bagger caucus in the house, why would you expect any republican to vote in favor of gay rights? they would be primaried by the tea bag crazies in their own base.

    the president isn't dragging his feet, he realizes that it won't pass this year. that said - if his party is still in control of the senate after the mid-term elections, and he still doesn't put it forward, we have a problem.

    Posted by: northalabama | Jan 29, 2014 10:14:59 PM


  22. Yeah. Because Boehner wouldn't want to eat up one of those scheduled 116 working days (That's 2 days off for every 1 day they work, for the mathematically challenged) that Congressional Republicans have ear-marked for not allowing anything else that would benefit the country to come to a vote. Six figures. These b*astards draw six-figure salaries out of tax payer's pockets. 1 day on. 2 days off.

    Sam, no one who has a history of reading the insane stuff that get's posted in the comments section of this blog believes for a second that you've ever voted Democrat even once in your miserable life. Pay no attention to this fool's amateurish attempt at demagoguery to peel off potential Democratic voters by leveraging their resentment over the slow progress on full LGBT equality (entirely REPUBLICAN doing, for anyone who's been living under a rock for the last 14 years).

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 30, 2014 12:23:49 AM


  23. If you don't realize Obama has done more for the LGBT community than all previous Presidents combined, you're a fool.
    Could he do more? Sure.
    Many progressives criticize him on other issues too, but there's a razor thin margin of wishy-washy voters in the middle who can tip the balance to drastically change the direction of the country.
    I'd rather see slow steady progress than instant results. Quite frankly, I'm amazed at how far & fast we've come already.
    There's no problem with keeping the pressure on the Administration, but to threaten to abandon support for the Democrats is just what the GOP wants... and you know what they'll do if they take power.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jan 30, 2014 12:40:01 AM


  24. People please ignore SAM, he reeks of gay republicanism. Blame Obama is their usual mantra while thoroughly ignoring the backward thinking of the GOP in modern day America.

    While a executive order would be nice, it's reach would be limited and can easily be wiped away by a (god forbid) President Cruz or some other right-winger.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jan 30, 2014 12:43:53 AM


  25. Can you say Executive Order?

    Posted by: mdnc | Jan 30, 2014 7:08:38 AM


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