Wednesday, July 10, 2013
ENDA Passes Senate Committee By Huge Margin
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) just passed through the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee by a huge margin, 15-7, with bipartisan support. The legislation, which has been introduced into every Congress in one form or another since 1974, seems to have a chance at passing through the U.S. Senate as well. Currently, ENDA has 53 Senate co-sponsors, and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) says he believes there are 60 votes to pass it. In today’s Senate committee vote, three Republican Senators crossed the aisle to support the bill: Orrin Hatch of Utah, Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.