Alex Blaze

ENDA will hit the House floor this week

Filed By Alex Blaze | November 05, 2007 6:46 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Baldwin Amendment, Barney Frank, ENDA, Tammy Baldwin, transgender

The ENDA's being worked on this afternoon in the House Rules Committee, after which it can go to the full House. From Gay City News:

Gay City News has confirmed that the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, delayed for the past month due to debate over whether or not the gay rights measure should include protections against bias motivated by an individual's gender identity or expression, will go before the House Rules Committee at 5 p.m. on Monday, November 5.

According to Steve Adamske, a spokesman for out gay Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, ENDA's lead sponsor, the Committee will take up the measure in the form it was scaled back to in late September, at Frank's recommendation, to include only sexual orientation - and not gender identity and expression - as a protected class.

More after the jump.

They're thinking it can pass the House:

Consideration of the bill by Rules signals leadership's conclusion that it has the votes to win passage on the floor, in spite of the potential for defection by an unknown number of Democrats insisting that only an ENDA that includes protections for gender identity and expression be moved.

Floor action on ENDA could come as early as Tuesday, but is clearly expected some day this week.

The Committee will work out whether the Baldwin Amendment will be heard on the House floor:

The Committee will also consider whether an amendment from out lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, to add transgender protections back into the bill, will be heard on the floor as well. Baldwin, originally Frank's co-lead sponsor on ENDA, declined to put her name on his revised measure, urging instead that the original, fully-inclusive bill be taken up by the House.

If the Baldwin Amendment goes to the floor, that means that the House will have to have a vote on the gender identity protections on their own. The Democratic leadership already promised that this wouldn't happen, but it's funny because it's the exact situation that Barney Frank said he wanted to avoid.

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