The US Senate voted 61 to 30 to consider the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with strong bipartisan support including the entire Democratic caucus and Republican Sens. Kirk, Collins, Hatch, Heller, Ayotte, Toomey, and Portman. The procedural move sets up a historic vote later this week, where the Senate will likely pass ENDA for the first time in the legislation’s history. “Today we saw American democracy in action with the US Senate finally following the will of a diverse and bipartisan collection of Americans calling for workplace fairness. With a super majority of Senators, more than 100 major American companies, and more than two-thirds of Americans all standing proudly in support of ENDA, there is tremendous momentum behind this common-sense bill. ENDA’s time has come, and we’re not going to stop fighting until it is passed once and for all. Majority Leader Reid, Chairman Harkin, lead sponsors Sens. Merkley and Kirk, and Sens. Collins and Baldwin, along with the rest of ENDA’s bipartisan co-sponsors, have brought us closer to this goal than ever before, ” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement.
While the bill is likely to pass in the Senate, most believe that House Speaker John Boehnber will not bring it up for a vote in the House.