At a press conference yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) posed a question that you might also be wondering about:
Where is the secret vault in the US House where Speaker Boehner is hiding all the good bills?
Leader Reid makes a good point. Why “lock away” the Employment Non-Discrimination Act when 68 percent of voters, including 56 percent of Republicans, believe that the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees should be protected by federal law? Why keep the House from voting on ENDA when 8 out of 10 voters already think such a law exists?
Is Speaker Boehner afraid it will pass?
Senate HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA):
The message from all the senators was clear:
It’s our message, too.
Speaker Boehner needs to decide whether he will cave to that kind of bigotry or stand with the vast majority of voters who support this legislation.
Here are a few other highlights from the final day of Senate debate on ENDA.
Again from Leader Reid:
Senators who stood on the right side of history and voted for passage should be thanked. Senators who stood with anti-gay extremists should hear your disappointment. There are more instructions here and here, and you can always reach them by dialing 202-224-3121.
As we move on to the House, if you have not added your name already, sign our petition now to keep the pressure on all of Congress to pass ENDA.
The time is now!