Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Indiana's Senator Evan Bayh: Legislator of the Day

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 06, 2009 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics
Tags: employment discrimination, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, Evan Bayh, Indiana

There are now 8 Senators* who I believe are likely to be supportive of ENDA. If we add them to the confirmed yes votes**, we would have 57 yes votes. That would communicate volumes to the Senate leadership, because it would bring us within 95% of the votes we need. But, we're not actually there yet.

None of these 8 have made any statements, private or public, as far as I am aware, indicating whether they will support ENDA. One of these bashful 8 includes Indiana Senator Evan Bayh. I called Senator Bayh's media office, but received no reply as of yet.

It's time for Senator Evan Bayh to stand up and be counted.

Senator Bayh has a very good record when it comes to our community. He co-sponsored and voted for the hate crimes bill, which is good. His HRC scorecard, which measures how Congressmembers have voted on issues of equality, was 90% in the 110th Congress. He's co-sponsoring and supporting several other important LGBT bills, which you can check out here.

We need to press Senator Bayh on his support for ENDA. Please call Senator Bayh to ask if his office can confirm his support for S1584. You may get a staffer who is unaware of the Senator's position on ENDA. Take a moment to explain what it is, and to ask if he or she can get some information on the Senator's position. Tell us what they said in the comments below.

Senator Bayh: 202-224-5623 (click here for email)

I'm off to Madrid this week to speak at the International Bar Association conference, so I can't do the twitter thing. Would you please send this to your friends?

* The 8 likely yes votes are:
1. Tom Carper (D-DE)
2. Ted Kaufman (D-DE)
3. Evan Bayh (D-IN)
4. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
5. Paul G. Kirk (D-MA)
6. Kay Hagan (D-NC)
7. Tim Johnson (D-SD)
8. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
It was 9 until last week, when we lost Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln.

**The 49 confirmed yes votes number is calculated as follows: 40 co-sponsors, plus 4 publicly supportive Senators (Reid, McCaskill, Begich and Dorgan), and 5 Senators who have privately indicated their support (Sens. Baucus, Tester, Ben Nelson, Webb and Warner).

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Dr. Weiss, you rock! Thanks for keeping this on the front burner. Have you been in touch with the "ActOnPrinciples.org" folks? Your records could be combined if you haven't yet.