Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) held a press conference this morning to announce the reintroduction of a fully inclusive ENDA. According to a Washington Blade article yesterday, the legislation will quickly gain co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.
The Senate version of ENDA, according to Capitol Hill sources, is set to have Republican support immediately upon introduction from Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Mirk Kirk (R-Ill.),
Kevin Kelley, a Collins spokesperson, said his boss and Kirk would be original co-sponsors along with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.
ENDA has already been introduced in the house with fewer than expected co-sponsors - especially from members of the Black Congressional Caucus. UAFA is also expected to be introduced into the House of Representatives today.