The Employment Non-Discrimination Act will reportedly get a vote in the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee on July 10, the Washington Blade reports.
ENDA would implement protections against workplace discrimination of LGBT employees. It has so far picked up 53 co-sponsors in the Senate, including two Republicans, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine.
From the Blade:
Scheduling the vote is first step for Senate HELP Committee Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in fulfilling the promise he announced this year to move ENDA out of the committee this year.
All 12 Senate Democrats on the panel are co-sponsors of the legislation — in addition to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) — so ENDA should have no trouble obtaining approval from the committee.
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