Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Click Here For 27 ENDA Unconfirmed House Members

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 31, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics
Tags: employment discrimination, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA

The map on the right shows states with U.S. House Members unconfirmed on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Click on it to enlarge.)

ENDA is poised to move immediately after the Easter Congressional recess now under way. Congressmembers are back in your home districts, and now is a good time to persuade them to vote for ENDA when they return to Congress.

You can get your Congressmembers' phone numbers by clicking here and typing in your zip. The link for their contact info is on the bottom right. You can also email your Rep by clicking here, but a call is much more persuasive.

We should all call, again, and tell them we want ENDA. Call even if they're a yes. Call even if they're a no. It doesn't hurt to remind them that it's coming up shortly after they return and that you want it. If they're a no, they might be a bit less vociferous about that no if they realize that some of their constituents actually want ENDA.

We are in good shape on ENDA in the House. There are 221 likely yes votes and we need 216. (Usually we need 218, but there are 5 vacancies right now.) You can see a spreadsheet listing each House member, their position on ENDA and the source of that info by clicking here.

But there are 27 House Members who need particular reminders. These are the Members who are "unconfirmed." That means they're not yesses (at least, not publicly), they're probably not no's, and they're not saying. These are the ones whom we really need to work on if we're going to be smart about this.

Read on for a list of the 27 with contact info and explanations.

The 27 come from Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. You can click here to email them, but a call is way better.

You can leave a message at their offices in DC by calling the House switchboard at (202) 224-2131, but they won't be there.

If you live in the district, it might be best to call the local number provided below and ask for an appointment to discuss your support for ENDA, H.R. 3017. Here's a script of what to say if you want one.

You won't get an appointment on this short break absent a miracle, but it sure shows commitment. And if you do get one, that's a pretty good sign your Congressmember is ready to be persuaded to vote yes.

Florida (FL)

Allen Boyd (D-02) 850-785-0812 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; abstained on 07 ENDA

Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25) 305-225-6866 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; yes on 07 ENDA; did not vote on motion to strip hate crimes from Defense Authorization bill 10/06 (http://bit.ly/12bUq); voted yes on Defense Authorization bill containing hate crimes bill 10/08 (http://bit.ly/1lfPc0)

Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-21) 305-470-8555 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; yes on 07 ENDA; did not vote on motion to strip hate crimes from Defense Authorization bill 10/06 (http://bit.ly/12bUq); vote yes on Defense Authorization bill containing hate crimes bill 10/08 (http://bit.ly/1lfPc0)

Georgia (GA)
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-02) 706-320-9477 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; yes on 07 ENDA

David Scott (D-13) 770-432-5405 voted yes on hate crimes bill; yes on 07 ENDA; Scott Schofield called 6-26-09: told that they will get back to him.

Illinois (IL)
Dan Lipinski (D-03) 312-886-0481 voted yes on hate crimes bill; no on 07 ENDA; John Bullock and three friends sent letters, and he called, and he is waiting to hear.

Jerry F. Costello (D-12) 618-397-8833 voted yes on hate crimes bill; yes on 07 ENDA

Kentucky (KY)
Ben Chandler (D-06) 859-219-1366 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; yes on 07 ENDA

Louisiana (LA)
Joseph Cao (R-02) 504-483-2325 voted yes on hate crimes bill

Bill Cassidy (R-06) 225-929-7711 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted against stripping hate crimes from Defense Authorization Act http://bit.ly/12bUq

Maryland (MD)
C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-02) 410-628-2701 abstained on hate crimes bill; yes on 07 ENDA; Catherine Carey: still undecided as of 6-8-09

Mississippi (MS)
Bennie Thompson (D-02) 662-455-9003 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA

New Jersey (NJ)
Rodney Frelinghuysen 973-984-0711 11/3/09 per Christine Duffy: Undecided; voted no on hate crimes 10/06 (http://bit.ly/12bUq); voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA; Babs Siperstein: still undecided

New York (NY)
Bill Owens (NY-23) 518-563-1406 newly elected

Oregon (OR)
Greg Walden (OR-02) 541-624-2400 voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; voted yes on 07 ENDA; Laura Calvo: still undecided as of 6-8-09; reputed to be yes on sexual orientation, but studying gender identity language

Pennsylvania (PA)
Kathy Dahlkemper (D-03) 814-456-2038 voted yes on hate crimes bill; Sabrina Schnur: undecided as of 6-15-09

Jason Altmire (D-04) 724-226-1304 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA

Jim Gerlach (R-06) 610-376-7630 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA; did not vote on motion to strip hate crimes from Defense Authorization bill 10/06 (http://bit.ly/12bUq); voted no on Defense Authorization bill containing hate crimes bill 10/08 (http://bit.ly/1lfPc0)

South Carolina (SC)
John M. Spratt, Jr. (D-05) 843-393-3998 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA

South Dakota (SD)
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-ALL) 605-367-8371 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA; reputed to be a yes on sexual orientation, but studying gender identity language

Texas (TX)
Pete Olson (R-22) 281-240-3700 voted no on hate crimes bill

Solomon P. Ortiz (D-27) 361-883-5868 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA

Henry Cuellar (D-28) 956-725-0639 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA; Joy Weaster: told he does not give out his position prior to the day of the vote 6-18-09

Gene Green (D-29) 281-420-0502 voted yes on hate crimes bill; voted yes on 07 ENDA; Joy Weaster: unavailable for comment 6-18-09

Virginia (VA)
Tom Perriello (D-05) 434-293-9631 abstained on hate crimes

Washington (WA)
Dave Reichert (R-08) 206-275-3438 voted yes on hate crimes in 07 and 09; voted yes on 07 ENDA; Tammie Huber: undecided as of 6-15-09

West Virginia (WV)
Alan B. Mollohan (D-01) 304-292-3019 voted yes on hate crimes; voted yes on 07 ENDA


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I called C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger's local office and the woman who answered the phone was very pleasant about taking the info. We'll see.