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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Political Calculations of ENDA in the Senate

Yesterday, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S1584, was introduced into the U.S. Senate by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, along with three other co-sponsors, two of them Republicans.

It has been widely noted in press releases that it's the first time ENDA has been introduced in the Senate, though it has been in the House in many forms on and off since 1974. This is significant not only for its historic nature, but it also signals that the real battles on this legislation are to be found in the Senate. After all, as I pointed out last month, the U.S. Senate is the only spot on earth where a majority of 100 is not 50, but 60.

After adding in all the co-sponsors of S 1584, there are 44 Senators with confirmed yes votes, as you can see on the Facebook Inclusive ENDA Senate spreadsheet. Another 16 votes must be found before S 1584 can be passed.

Can those votes be found?

Read on to find out more...

1 comment:

David K said...

Hopefully ENDA will pass and help end the blatant discrimination against transgendered people in the workplace. Keeping my fingers crossed.