ENDA vote in House Committee today
[12:40 PM: H.B. 3685, the trans-stripped ENDA, has passed the committee vote.]
The GLB version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is being marked up by the House Education and Labor Committee today (it's going on now – 11:30 AM ET). You can watch the live web cast of it here.
From a WaPo piece on ENDA, Quandary Over Gay Rights Bill: Is It Better to Protect Some or None?
If Miller's committee approves ENDA as expected today, the plan is to bring the bill to the House floor next week. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Frank's co-author on the original bill, said at that point she would offer an amendment to restore the transgender protections. Many Democrats worry that Baldwin's amendment will suffer a fate potentially worse than omission: sweeping defeat.
“I am under no illusions about the challenges of achieving our goal,” Baldwin, who also is openly gay, said in a written statement. “But, the quest for advancement of civil rights in our nation has never been easy.”
Bloggernista has a breakdown:
Four Republicans, Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE), Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL), Congressman Todd Platts (R-PA), and Congressman John Kuhl (R-NY), voted in favor of the bill.
Four Democrats, Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) voted against the bill citing the removal of gender identity.