Tuesday November 5, 2013, 1:05 am
As the time grows near for the senate vote to break the Republican filibuster against ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act), it appears likely that just enough Republicans will join the Democrats to clear the 60 vote cloture hurdle. Now that passage in the Senate appears likely, Republicans are trying to water it down. Fortunately, my Senator, Jeff Merkley is leading the fight to keep ENDA whole.
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 2:55 am
Sen. Merkley is right. Discrimination of any kind is just wrong. Bill passed Senate with 61 yes votes. We will see what the speaker does with it in the House. We need Nancy as Speaker !!!
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 5:46 am
Kudos to Merkley for not bowing to the Republicans by excluding Transsexuals to get ENDA passed.
However, and this is surely going to show me up for the little I know, why is there a bill at all which needs changing or adding as soon as a new group is identified which can be discriminated against. Next it will probably be the obese. Why not have a bill that simply forbids discrimination full stop.? As soon as people are excluded from the workplace because of a general condition (not personal behaviour or lacking there of) that it's discrimination.
And I agree with Gloria, laws will never prevent discrimination, only education can.
Last evening I saw watching Chris Hayes and he read a poll that stated 62% of Americans believe it is already illegal to fire a person for their personal attributes. There are 24/7 cable news programs, the Internet newspapers and magazines available to anyone that wishes to be informed. All news programs are not equal but they all have covered the ENDA debate even if to speak out against it, so how could so many people in the AGE of information be so uninformed?
I did read one comment on FB from a woman who honestly believes that if ENDA should pass, gay school teachers will begin to wear dresses and accost their male students in the class room. It is still true, ya can't fix stupid. I guess we have to pity someone like that, she barely has the intellect to brush her teeth each morning.
If these people do love the idea of the United States being FREE, why would they want it to be free only on a limited basis? Honey bunch, that ain't freedom.
Thanks TC - I believe the real battle for ENDA will be just getting it past Bonehead to the floor for a vote in the House.
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 6:30 am
Congrats to your Senator Tom, a man with compassion for everyone. Will depend on the racist tea baggers to see how far it gets as Boehner can't seem to control them. He'll go down as one of the worst Speakers in history I am sure.
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 7:22 am
I love Senator Jeff Merkley and wish every country had a good few dozen like him – and I hope his bill will pass, it is only common sense – what am I saying? That is sure to damn it from the Repuglicon side!!
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 9:54 am
How sad is it that there even has to be a vote on this? Wouldn't we expect civilized humans to be beyond discriminating over sexual preference? For me, it's like saying all people with brown eyes are not allowed to use public transportation and all people with blonde hair have to register every month so we know where they are. People are people.... unless, of course, we can make all the Agent Oranges leave the country....
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 10:08 am
Good on Merkley. All my peeps have said it better than I. All I will add is, ya can't fix stupid (more stars for you, Kit) and yeah, I wish we could kick out our two infamous Rethuglitards Cornyn and the Crackhead. Maybe by 2016 Texas will have had enough of both of them. Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, the Baggers are thick here and they won't give up their reptiles easily. (No affront to reptiles IRL)
Once we get this passed and enacted then maybe we could go on to the EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT? Ya think? Maybe? Shhhhheeeeeeesh.
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 3:00 pm
Merkley is a Progressive who ran on the Democratic ticket, and that is the way for the Progressives to get themselves elected. I love our Senator, too, TC. Thanks for showing others how great he can be.
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 3:56 pm
Any discrimination . . . any at all . . . is TOTALLY unacceptable!!!!! I am confident that ENDA will pass in the Senate, but that chickenshit speaker, Boehner, probably won't bring it to the House floor for a vote. He sure does like doing that. I guess it feeds his ego, his need for a sense of power.
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 9:48 pm
Merkley is one of the about 10 Senators I can name off the top of my head that I would keep if I could fire anyone in Congress that I wanted to. Wish I could say the same for the House, but not so much (not so many?)