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Rep. Michael Grimm Becomes Sixth House Republican to Sign on as Co-Sponsor of ENDA

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, has become the sixth House Republican to co-sponor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, The Washington Blade reports:

Mike grimmRep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who’s gay and lead sponsor of ENDA, commended Grimm for supporting the bill, which would bar employers from discriminating against or firing workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“I am happy to welcome Rep. Grimm as the 200th cosponsor of the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” Polis said. “This is common sense legislation that is supported by a majority of Americans and was passed overwhelmingly by the United States Senate. I look forward to working with Rep. Grimm and all of the co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle to pass this bill and protect all Americans from discrimination in the work place.”

Grimm’s office didn’t immediately respond to the Blade’s request to comment on the New York Republican’s decision to sign on as an ENDA supporter. 

Legislative director for Freedom to Work Christian Berle praised Grimm’s decision, saying:

“We applaud Congressman Grimm for joining the growing number of Republicans supporting LGBT workplace protections, Freedom to Work along with Log Cabin Republicans have been lobbying broadly within the House GOP Conference and we hope to build momentum with more ENDA supporters in the weeks and months to come,” Berle said.

Grimm joins five other Republican co-sponsors: Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Charles Dent (R-Pa.), Jon Runyan (R-N.J.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.). Counting Polis as lead sponsor, the bill is still 17 votes short of passage in the House.

Even as the votes begin lining up, however, House Speaker John Boehner has remained steadfast in his opposition to even bringing the legislation up for a vote

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  1. That's great but I still don't trust this guy.

    Posted by: Ron | Jan 28, 2014 4:09:49 PM

  2. All GOP members are disgusting - no exceptions. It's like saying that certain members of the Nazi Party weren't all that bad.

    Posted by: niles | Jan 28, 2014 4:42:19 PM

  3. @NILES

    You and your ilk are the reason I know that towleroad is the sewer of the internet.

    Posted by: AG | Jan 28, 2014 4:53:17 PM

  4. Just FYI: Before anyone starts praising Rep. Grimm, everyone should be aware that he's currently dealing with a pretty major campaign donation scandal. The FBI has an ongoing investigation, and it may very likely cost Grimm his position in congress.

    Posted by: D.B. | Jan 28, 2014 5:30:33 PM

  5. Looks like Mr. Grimm just threatened a reporter saying he'd break him in half. Things not looking good for him as caught on video after the State of the Union address.

    Posted by: m.r. | Jan 29, 2014 12:09:38 AM

  6. Guy belongs in jail. Here's him physically threatening a reporter earlier today:


    Posted by: Eric | Jan 29, 2014 2:29:42 AM

  7. Oh Grimm. Can't keep his bravado in check. Long history of this. He's a hothead and gets off on power/control. Check this for more. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/04/congressman-michael-grimm-at-the-caribbean-tropics.html

    Posted by: Grimm Indeed Mrs. Sippi | Jan 29, 2014 4:01:02 AM

  8. He threatened a reporter after the SOTU because he asked about his campaign finance scandal that has been forwarded to the doj.

    Posted by: Jim | Jan 29, 2014 5:04:47 AM

  9. this congressman is a punk

    Posted by: dan | Jan 29, 2014 8:08:19 AM

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