Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer signaled Tuesday that the House is likely to consider legislation this year banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, saying the proposal is not as controversial as it once was.
Hoyer said most lawmakers already are on the record on the issue because the House passed similar legislation in 2007 to bar employment discrimination based on sexual preference. "So it's not like this is a new issue for the members," said Hoyer, D-Md.
It's not, but then now's not the time to get cocky. The issue was just as stale last year as it is this year, and there's really no reason this shouldn't have already been passed.
Jillian Weiss told us yesterday that there's an official whip count going on right now, which means that the House leadership is serious about a vote occurring. Which is good, considering Democrats might lose the House in the midterms.