The office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that he will announce this afternoon that he plans to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the floor during this work period, which ends just before Thanksgiving.
The Nevada Democrat will make the announcement at 2:00pm Eastern today when the Senate convenes, according to a report from Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade.
BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner has further details:
"When the Senate convenes at 2 pm today, Senator Reid will announce that he will bring ENDA to the floor this work period, which ends just before Thanksgiving," Reid adviser Faiz Shakir told BuzzFeed. "Exact floor timing remains to be determined based on how votes go this week, but it could come up as early as next week."
In order to pass the legislation, it likely will require 60 votes to meet the threshold to overcome any filibuster attempt from opposition -- a threshold advocates say they are "optimistic" they will secure by the time any vote is taken.
Nearly three out of every four Americans and two-thirds of small business owners support workplace protections for LGBT people, according to recent polls from the Center for American Progress. In fact, support is so strong that nearly 90% of Americans erroneously believe such protections already exist.
Needless to say, this is encouraging. Stay tuned for further details as this story develops.