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Statement on Senate Approval of ENDA

LOUISVILLE – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s bipartisan approval of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA):

“There are no exceptions to equality,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act will protect all workers from discrimination – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity – and Speaker Boehner should bring this bipartisan bill to the floor for a vote immediately.”

ENDA (S. 815) bars public and private employers, employment agencies, and labor unions from discriminating against an employee on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation protects against discrimination in hiring, termination, compensation, and other employment matters.

The Senate approved the legislation in a bipartisan 64-32 vote this afternoon. ENDA’s future is uncertain in the House, where Speaker Boehner and Republican leadership have indicated they might refuse to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.