By my calculations, we now have 47 confirmed Senate votes for ENDA, with another 11 likely. That's 2 shy of the 60 we need to overcome the probable filibuster. In the House, I estimate that we have 172 confirmed House votes for ENDA, with another 35 likely. That's 11 shy of the 218 we need for a majority. In both places, we are 5% away from the numbers we need.
We are not home free. In 1996, ENDA lost by one vote. It's Murphy's law that some of our "likely" votes will melt away at the last minute, because of pressure, scandal, illness or some other unforeseeable-forseeable events. So we cannot let up for a moment. We must start going after the long-shots. And on that note, let me introduce long-shot #1: Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska.
Contact info and more after the jump.
According to Wikipedia, Murkowski is a moderate Republican. She is generally pro-choice on abortion and supports stem cell research. She is also a member of the Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice, and The Wish List (Women in the Senate and House), a group of pro-choice women Republicans.
She also was one of the 63 votes for the hate crimes bill in the Senate, and one of four Republicans to vote for the bill. That was a pleasant surprise to me. I'd like to see more pleasant surprises from Senator Murkowski.
Meanwhile, her cohort in the Senate, Alaska's Mark Begich, is a co-sponsor of ENDA. Alaska's not all about drilling and hunting, you know.
Please call and ask her to support S1584, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski 907-271-3735 http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EMailLisa