ENDA not yet ready for its close-up?

by on April 27, 2010  •  In Congress, ENDA

This was supposed to be the week when ENDA went to mark-up, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards. The House Education and Labor Committee does not have ENDA on its calendar, and since the Committee is meeting in California on Friday, Wednesday is probably the last day this week when a mark-up could happen.  Maybe next week.

Meanwhile the right-wing knives are out in anticipation that ENDA will move soon. According to Roll Call, the 35 Republicans who voted for ENDA in 2007 are getting cold feet now that the bill includes protection against discrimination based on gender identity. Roll Call quoted three Republicans, including one co-sponsor of the bill, as saying that they were reconsidering their previous support. The Washington Times thundered that ENDA was "a direct attack on common sense."  So cheers to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who despite his role as a moderate often voicing the concerns of blue dogs, told Congressional Quarterly that his support for ENDA and the principle of non-discrimination was a core commitment. 

This could be a squeaker.


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