ENDA Voted Delayed Again
For the second time in as many weeks, a House vote on ENDA has been postponed. The latest delay comes on the heels of a massive amount of drama over the removal of gender identity language from the bill and a vote in the House Education and Labor Committee on a sexual orientation ENDA.
Rep. Tammy Baldwin has introduced an amendment that would restore the gender identity language to ENDA, but has run into trouble rounding up the votes needed to pass the amendment.
Significantly, a Democratic source on Capitol Hill in a position to know told Gay City News that a floor amendment aimed at restoring protections for transgendered Americans, the issue that has ground the legislative process on ENDA to a halt, would- in a scenario entailing a vote next week – be debated, but then withdrawn, prior to a call of the ayes and nays, by its sponsor, out lesbian Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat.
Some LGBT groups and transgender activists are calling for members of Congress to vote against a sexual orientation ENDA that would provide employment protections for millions of GLB Americans, but not cover transgender people. Bush administration officials have urged the president to veto any bill that reaches his desk.
A key question now is with the some groups under the guise of United ENDA and anti-gay groups opposing a sexual orientation ENDA, does the bill have enough votes to pass the House?
Gay City News has more details on the unfolding drama.