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Casey calls on Boehner to allow ENDA vote

November 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — On November 12, U.S. Senator Bob Casey called on Speaker John Boehner to quickly bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which recently passed the Senate in a bipartisan fashion, to the floor of the U.S. House for an up or down vote. The legislation would bar discrimination against LGBT Americans in the workplace. Casey, a cosponsor of the bill, voted to bring the measure to the Senate floor last week. Speaker Boehner has yet to commit to an up or down House vote on this Senate-passed bill.

“This bill is simple. It says that employees should be judged on how they do their job and not who they are,” Senator Casey said. “The Senate came together on a bipartisan basis to end workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans and the House of Representatives should do the same. Speaker Boehner should give this bill an up or down vote on the House floor. I believe it would pass.”

Democrats in Washington are hoping to bring enough pressure on House Republicans to make them bring the issue for a vote, but Boehner has already said he is opposed to the measure and most analysts expect that ENDA will not make it to the floor for a vote.