Monday, November 11, 2013

Vote on ENDA

Employment Nondiscrimination – Passage - Vote Passed (64-32, 4 Not Voting)

Senators passed a bill prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity on Thursday after a week of negotiations and close procedural votes. The bill would bar employers from firing, refusing to promote or refusing to hire workers because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Similar bills have been introduced over recent years, and one passed the House in 2007 before dying in the Senate. This current piece of legislation extends equal employment protection to transgendered individuals for the first time. The bill exempts employers not subject to existing workplace discrimination laws concerning employees’ religions, primarily churches and religious schools. Before the final vote, ten Republicans joined the Democratic caucus in securing the three-fifths vote majority required to invoke cloture. The House is unlikely to vote on the bill.

Sen. Roy Blunt voted NO
Sen. Claire McCaskill voted YES

Of course. And it won't pass the House because John Boener won't even bring it up for a vote. What an asshole.