Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Please Thank Senators Paul Kirk and Ted Kaufman: ENDA's Newest Co-Sponsors

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 10, 2009 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics
Tags: Delaware, employment discrimination, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, Kaufman, Massachusetts, Senate

Senator Paul Kirk of Massachusetts and Ted Kaufman of Delaware have signed on as the newest co-sponsors of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S. 1584.
Kirk and Kaufman.jpg

Just as it is important to ask for support, it is also important to say thank you.

Senator Kirk made the list last week, on November 4, the day before the Senate hearing. Senator Kaufman's name appeared this morning.

Please take the time to call and say thank you to Senators Kirk and Kaufman for stepping up to the plate on civil rights.

I will be on the radio tonight on a call-in show on WRFG (which you can hear on the internet) at approximately 7:30 ET to discuss this and more on ENDA. Please feel free to call in and ask a question or make a comment.

Contact info and more after the jump.

Both Senator Kirk and Senator Kaufman have long been allies of the LGBT community. I have listed them both as likely yes votes since I started tracking their votes. However, it is one thing to know that we have a silent supporter in the Senate, and something of a different magnitude altogether to have a Senator sign on as a co-sponsor.

Because the leadership will not bring ENDA to a vote unless they know they have 60 yes votes to defeat a Republican filibuster, we need our supporters in the Senate to stand up and be counted.

Their standing up will encourage other Senators to stand up and be counted.

We now have 52 confirmed yes votes in the Senate, and 4* likely yes votes, for a total of 56.

Thank you, Senator Kaufman, and thank you, Senator Kirk, for standing up and being counted on the issue of job equality.

Please call them and say thank you.

Sen. Ted Kaufman:
DC Phone: 202-224-5042
(Toll free DC Capitol line: 866-220-0044)
District Offices:
Wilmington 302-573-6345
Milford 302-424-8090
Click here for email

Sen. Paul Kirk
DC Phone: 202-224-4543
(Toll free DC Capitol line: 866-220-0044)
District Office: Boston 617-565-3170
Click here for email

---footnote-----

* The 4 likely yes votes, which brings us up to 56 likely yes votes, are:
1. Tom Carper (D-DE)
2. Evan Bayh (D-IN)
3. Tim Johnson (D-SD)
4. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)

See the Inclusive ENDA Facebook Senate spreadsheet for more info.


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Done. I sent emails. Your link for the new Senator Kirk wouldn't work.
Here is the one I found and used.

http://tinyurl.com/yaan3w5

It follows a nice little bio page, and note when you
go to enter your salutation it has ALL the service ranks listed
too! Neat.

But he did NOT have a topic category for WORKERS! I recommended
one, and send thanks re ENDA.

Done!!! Contacted and thanked both offices. I stopped in to Sen. Kirk's office after the hearings and thanked them personally.

43 Senate co-sponsors!

Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) is at a tipping point. He is a supporter, in fact his office thought he 'was' a co-sponsor but I told them he wasn't and they looked it up. So pushed for him to be a co-sponsor.

Here is his number 1.202.224.3004