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ENDA Support in Senate Nears 60-Vote Threshold – Action Next Week

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) all signaled this week that they will vote for The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S.815), commonly known as ENDA, when it comes to the Senate Floor next week.  With all the Senate Democrats now on board, along with the expressed support of 4 Republicans, ENDA has the public support of 59 Senators, and LGBT activists are working in a number of states, including Arizona, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, to sway enough votes to clear the 60-vote hurdle often in place in the Senate for controversial bills.

When this bill advanced out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee by a 15-7 vote in July, NRB quickly cautioned Senators that the Committee neglected to address a significant constitutional problem with the bill – namely, ENDA does not uphold the First Amendment freedoms of religious organizations.

NRB is continuing its outreach to Capitol Hill offices regarding the religious freedom problems with ENDA.

  • Find NRB’s press release and letter to Senate Leaders regarding the advancement of ENDA.
  • Learn more details about NRB’s religious freedom concerns with ENDA.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: November 1, 2013

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