Obama to John Boehner: Bring ENDA to a vote in the House

Fri. November 8, 2013 11:56 AM by OnTopMag.com

Washington, D.C. - After Thursday's historic passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate, President Barack Obama called on House Speaker John Boehner, an opponent of the legislation, to allow a vote in the House.

ENDA seeks to end workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill cleared the Senate with a bipartisan 64-32 vote that included 10 Republicans voting for the anti-discrimination bill.

(Related: 10 GOP senators vote for ENDA; Only 1 Republican speaks out against bill.)

In an emailed statement, Obama said that the bill would "help end the injustice of our fellow Americans being denied a job or fired just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender."

"Today's victory is a tribute to all those who fought for this progress ever since a similar bill was introduced after the Stonewall riots more than three decades ago."

"Now it's up to the House of Representatives," the president added. "This bill has the overwhelming support of the American people, including a majority of Republican voters, as well as many corporations, small businesses and faith communities. They recognize that our country will be more just and more prosperous when we harness the God-given talents of every individual."

"One party in one house of Congress should not stand in the way of millions of Americans who want to go to work each day and simply be judged by the job they do. Now is the time to end this kind of discrimination in the workplace, not enable it. I urge the House Republican leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote and send it to my desk so I can sign it into law.On that day, our nation will take another historic step toward fulfilling the founding ideals that define us as Americans."

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