Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

House ENDA hearing this month: FL Sen Bill Nelson next target

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 09, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

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

Last night, the National Center for Transgender Equality held a conference call on ENDA. The recording of about 45 minutes is available on the NCTE site. The bottom line is that a hearing is planned for September in the House, followed shortly by a vote. The Senate is likely to lag behind a bit, partly because it is a more deliberate bunch, and partly because the House held hearings on ENDA in 2007, making the House members more aware of ENDA and its issues than members of the Senate.

Florida has 25 Congressional Representatives and 2 Senators. The second senator, George LeMieux, has just been appointed to replace Republican Senator Mel Martinez, who resigned. Senator LeMieux does not yet have a Senate telephone number and email. There is some speculation that he might be more open to ENDA than was Senator Martinez, but it remains to be seen what Senator LeMieux's position will be. I will provide contact information when it is available.

Nelson.jpgSo that leaves Senator Bill Nelson (the second sitting Congressmember to fly in space).

Please call him today to ask for his support of S1584. Also, please share this info with your social networks by clicking on the "Share" link at the bottom of this post. There, you will see buttons to share this post instantly in less than a second with your Twitter and Facebook crowds. That will help get this message out far and wide.

Facts and contact info after the jump.

Sen. Bill Nelson is a Democrat, and usually good on LGBT issues, but his office has indicated that he was undecided as of the middle of July, and we've heard nothing different as yet. Call him at 850-942-8415 to support S1584.

Rep. Alan Boyd, a Democrat, voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09, but he abstained on ENDA in 2007. He has not yet given out his position on HR3017. Call him at 850-561-3979 to support HR 3017.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is a staunch Republican on social issues, but he is a fair-minded one when it comes to jobs, voting for ENDA in 07. He voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09. But he apparently hasn't made his decision on ENDA this year yet. Call him at 305-225-6866 to support HR 3017.

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a Republican like his brother Mario, also voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09; and yes on ENDA in 2007. He also has not yet indicated his position. Call him at 305-470-8555 to support HR 3017.

(Note: click on the names of the legislators above to access their email pages.)

Here are the positions of the other Florida Representatives, as reported on the Inclusive ENDA House spreadsheet (more info about each on that site):

Confirmed yes votes:
Alan Grayson
Kathy Castor
Kendrick B. Meek
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Robert Wexler
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Ron Klein
Alcee L. Hastings

Probable yes votes:
Corrine Brown
Suzanne M. Kosmas

Probable no votes:
Jeff Miller
Ander Crenshaw
Ginny Brown-Waite
Cliff Stearns
John L. Mica
Gus M. Bilirakis
C. W. Bill Young
Adam H. Putnam
Vern Buchanan
Connie Mack
Bill Posey
Thomas J. Rooney

For contact info of these Representatives, click here.

Please tell us in the comment space below if you reach any of them, or you can email me directly.

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SO CRUCIAL! I'm ready to get going on this double-time. This project has had a FANTASTIC outcome--we've clearly got some clear answers from politicians. That's amazing. Thank you for doing all of this for us!

Isn't it amazing to think that ENDA may have passed the House by the end of this month? I'm holding my breath already.