Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Well that was quick! All members of the entire Democratic caucus in the United States Senate has announced that they will vote for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal LGBT rights bill. Just yesterday I blogged about Sen. Bill Nelson's co-sponsorship of ENDA meant that there were only two holdouts in the Democratic caucus: Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). Today comes word that the entire 55-member Democratic caucus is united in support of S. 815, which means that if you count the support of Republican co-sponsors Mark Kirk and Susan Collins and include the support of Orrin Hatch and Lisa Murkowski who voted for it in committee the measure has 59 votes, just one shy of a 60-vote filibuster-proof majority.
Hat/tip to Joe.My.God