Pelosi confirms that ENDA vote is on hold until completion of DADT repeal

by on June 11, 2010  •  In Congress, ENDA, Military

From the transcript of House Speaker Pelosi's press conference today, as reported by Chris Johnson of The Blade:

Blade: Madame Speaker, a question on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. How confident are you that if that measure came to the floor there would be enough votes for passage and to overcome a motion to recommit?

Pelosi: Well, first of all, we still have to finish “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We were able to pass the bill with a 40-vote majority in the House of Representatives last Thursday before the break. We’re very proud of that vote.

I was disappointed, however, the next day, when the full measure came to the floor to pass the defense authorization bill. Only nine Republicans voted to pass the defense bill. This is historic. Republicans are now voting against the defense authorization bill — only nine did — because “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was in the bill.

And now, of course, we’ll go — after the bill passes in the Senate — we’ll go to conference. But our work is not finished in that regard, so one thing at a time.

ENDA is personal priority for me, and I [understand] the focus for that, but because the defense bill came up now, we did “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” first. But we want to finish that.

It’s nothing to take for granted in terms of nine Republicans voted for the defense authorization bill. Five Republicans voted for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Only four more voted for the DOD bill, which is something they usually vote for 100 percent.


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