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Pelosi hasn’t given up on ENDA, but lame duck vote unlikely | Hunter of Justice

Pelosi hasn’t given up on ENDA, but lame duck vote unlikely

by on November 11, 2010  •  In Congress, ENDA

From Politico:

As Democrats discuss what, if anything, they can deliver to the base in the lame-duck session, one possibility may be the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, seen by many as the easiest lift among various pieces of stalled gay rights legislation. 

… Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about wanting to do ENDA on a leadership conference call today. Pelosi didn't set a timeline, but [the] source said she appears to want a vote before the lame-duck session ends.

Then the response, as reported in The Blade:

A gay rights activist with the connections to the speaker’s office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a blog posting in Politico on Thursday reporting that Pelosi wants a vote on ENDA before lawmakers adjourn for the year is “not true.”

“The speaker brought it up during a leadership call in a list of unfinished bills, and all of the sudden, it got leaked out as she is going to bring this to a vote by the end of the year,” the activist said. “Whoever did leak that took it completely out of context.”

The activist said the speaker didn’t mention “anything else that would have implied she was foretelling a vote by the end of the session.”

Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesperson, said “no decisions” have been made on any legislative items for lame duck.

Similarly, Aaron Albright, spokesperson for the House Education & Labor Committee, where ENDA currently sits, said nothing has been scheduled for the committee and “no decisions on the legislative agenda for the lame [duck] have been made.”…

“She’s been very, very, very, very clear that ['Don't Ask, Don't Tell'] needs to be finished before she’ll schedule a vote on ENDA,” the activist said. “I think this is being misconstrued.”

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