Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) said today that he will support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. ENDA simply affords to all Americans basic employment protection from discrimination based on irrational prejudice. In addition, it exempts small businesses, religious organizations and the military.
The Senate Democrats which number 55, will need 60 votes for cloture in order to avoid the Republicans who will want to filibuster EDNA.
Going into today, there were 59 votes which included four Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (MN) and Mark Kirk (IL) co-sponsored the measure. And Sens. Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Orrin Hatch (UT) voted for it in committee.
Senator Dean Heller will make it 60.
Senator Heller said “supporting this legislation is the right thing to do” after listen to the concerns of Nevadans.
“After listening to Nevadans’ concerns about this issue from a variety of viewpoints and after numerous conversations with my colleagues, I feel that supporting this legislation is the right thing to do,” Heller said in a statement. “Under the leadership of this Governor, as well as the legislature over the past several years, Nevada has established a solid foundation of anti-discrimination laws.”
“This legislation raises the federal standards to match what we have come to expect in Nevada, which is that discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstance,” he added.
In an Op-Ed written by President Barack Obama yesterday and published in the Huffington Post, he starts out with “America's promise”.
“Here in the United States, we're united by a fundamental principle: we're all created equal and every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law. We believe that no matter who you are, if you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve the chance to follow your dreams and pursue your happiness. That's America's promise.”
The Senate is expected to vote for cloture today.
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