US House Votes to Protect LGBT Workers, but Also Votes to Protect North Carolina

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A bipartisan bill passed (223-195) in the U.S. House of Representatives last night to ensure that funds from an appropriations bill cannot be used to discriminate against LGBT workers. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) offered the amendment yesterday to the FY17 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, following an attempt last week where House leadership held the amendment vote open on the floor longer than permitted to flip seven of 36 Republican votes and kill the amendment. This week, 43 Republicans joined all Democrats in voting favorably. The amendment restores the protections that were established by President Obama in his historic executive order in 2014; protections that were removed by the House Majority in another (much more chaotic) vote last week.  

The House also disappointingly passed an amendment offered by Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) that prohibits funds appropriated by the bill from being taken away from any entity in North Carolina for any reason including fraud, failure to carry out the terms of a contract or if used in violation of the law. The broadly-worded amendment was intended to prevent any cessation of funds to the state of North Carolina over its anti-transgender law.. The 227-192 vote included 11 Republicans voting no.


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