As you know, the  Employment Non-Discrimination Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with Senators Kennedy (D-MA), Snowe (R-ME) and Collins (R-ME) as lead co-sponsors.  We have 34 other Dems on the co-sponsor list, but look at who didn’t sign on. Time to start the phone calls…

   * Baucus, MT – (202) 224-2651

   * Bayh, IN – (202) 224-5623

   * Begich, AK – (202) 224-3004

   * Bennet, CO – (202) 224-5852

   * Byrd, WV – (202) 224-3954

   * Carper, DE – (202) 224-2441

   * Conrad, ND – (202) 224-2043

   * Dorgan, ND – (202) 224-2551

   * Hagan, NC – (202) 224-6342

   * Johnson, T., SD – (202) 224-5842

   * Kaufman, DE – (202) 224-5042

   * Kohl, WI – (202) 224-5653

   * Landrieu, LA – (202) 224-5824

   * Lincoln, AR – (202) 224-4843

   * McCaskill, MO – (202) 224-6154

   * Nelson, Bill, FL – (202) 224-5274

   * Nelson, Ben, NE – (202) 224-6551

   * Pryor, AR – (202) 224-2353

   * Reid, NV – (202) 224-3542

   * Rockefeller, WV – (202) 224-6472

   * Stabenow, MI – (202) 224-4822

   * Tester, MT – (202) 224-2644

   * Warner, M., VA – (202) 224-2023

   * Webb, VA – (202) 224-4024

Uh, what was that from Senator Hagan during the campaign that she doesn’t believe in discrimination?  Chris@LawDork tells it like it is.

Well, make your calls, folks.  It’s no good having 60 votes if we only get a few more than half of the caucus on a matter of basic fairness like employment non-discrimination.

And, for all the “why isn’t Obama doing more” folks, this is why.  If this is what we get on ENDA, imagine the response to a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal bill or – goodness gracious – a Defense of Marriage Act repeal bill in the Senate.  Crickets.

We’ve got some work to do in the Senate.  Sixty isn’t sixty even on health care – it sure as hell isn’t sixty on LGBT equality measures.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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