BREAKING: Senate Passes ENDA!
A long awaited day has finally arrived thanks to the United States Senate, where the LGBT-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has passed.
Senate lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT individuals in a historic, albeit nominal, victory four decades in the making.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed its final vote in the full Senate 64-32, just three days after its first since 1996, when a similar measure failed but just one vote. The full Senate would not vote again on a workplace protection bill for gays and lesbians until this past Monday, when lawmakers voted to begin debate. It was 1974 when Congress first saw a bill of this kind.
Signs of the measure becoming law were stunted earlier in the week, however, when Speaker John Boehner voiced his opposition on the grounds that it would cost small business and create “frivolous litigation.”
“Today is an historic day,” said Sen. Tom Harkin. “In 1964, we passed the Civil Rights Act–none of us were here then of course. And then in 1990, we passed the Americans with Disabilities Act–some of us were here at that time. And now we sort of finished the trilogy.”
The landmark legislation now heads to the House of Representatives, where it faces a decidedly uphill challenge.