Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will be bringing legislation banning anti-LGBT employment discrimination to the floor before Thanksgiving. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was passed out of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee with bipartisan support earlier this year. In order for the bill to pass it must have at least 60 votes to prevent a filibuster or any other opposition. Advocates of the bill are optimistic that they will have the votes by the time the bill reaches the floor of the Senate.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, the Senate’s lead sponsor of the legislation, told BuzzFeed, “I thank Majority Leader Reid for committing to bring ENDA to the floor this work period. Americans understand that it’s time to make sure our LGBT friends and family are treated fairly and have the same opportunities. Now it’s time for our laws to catch up. People should be judged at work on their ability to do the job, period.”
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