ENDA to be brought to the full Senate for a vote before Thanksgiving recess
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office confirmed Monday that the Nevada Democrat will announce that he is bringing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,(ENDA), which would ban on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, to the full Senate for consideration before its scheduled Thanksgiving Holiday Recess.
ENDA had been voted on and passed out of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee with bipartisan support earlier this year.
A spokesperson for Reid told LGBTQ Nation that the exact scheduling of a floor vote has yet to be determined.
Tico Almeida, founder and president of Freedom to Work, a national LGBT organization dedicated exclusively to passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act told LGBTQ Nation in a statement;
“It is long past time that Congress come together to protect LGBT people from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. After months of meeting with Republican Senators and their senior staff, we’re confident we have the 60 votes to defeat any attempted filibuster. We’re keeping the pressure up as the vote approaches. Now is the time for the Senate to act.”
This is a developing story.