Senate Plans To Hear ENDA By Thanksgiving
According to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, the U.S. Senate is finally ready to take up an LGBT-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and will do so in time for Thanksgiving.
Majority Leader Harry Reid will announce on Monday that he will be bringing legislation banning anti-LGBT employment discrimination to the floor for consideration before Thanksgiving. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban most employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, was passed out of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee with bipartisan support earlier this year. “When the Senate convenes at 2 pm today, Senator Reid will announce that he will bring ENDA to the floor this work period, which ends just before Thanksgiving,” Reid adviser Faiz Shakir told BuzzFeed. “Exact floor timing remains to be determined based on how votes go this week, but it could come up as early as next week.” In order to pass the legislation, it likely will require 60 votes to meet the threshold to overcome any filibuster attempt from opposition — a threshold advocates say they are “optimistic” they will secure by the time any vote is taken.
Sen. Reid took to Twitter to make his case for ENDA Monday afternoon. "Gays and lesbians should not be fired from their jobs just for being themselves," he tweeted. "Senate will soon work to #PassENDA."