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Representative George Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, is committed to passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, HR 3017, which would prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

But he's postponed the markup of the bill before his Committee, saying that he needs to "tinker" with the language, and hasn't put it on the schedule for December.  Instead, he has decided to hold ENDA in Committee to "tinker" with language that needs no tinkering, with no guarantee that it will be rescheduled in December. 

Meanwhile, there is a legislative logjam waiting to break loose in the Senate, a major new jobs initiative coming, another LGBT bill on domestic partnership benefits for federal employees edging ahead of ENDA, midterm election campaigns in which 4 Senators we need are going up for re-election, and DADT promised for Spring/Fall 2010.  Details are available here.

Please join our petition, which will be delivered to Rep. George Miller, Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, asking that he immediately schedule the ENDA markup for the first week in December.

 

Letter to
Representative Ami Bera
Please put the ENDA markup on your Committee's schedule immediately for the first week in December.

While I appreciate that you want to protect the bill from conservative judges, it is important that ENDA go to a vote in the House in December. If it waits until February for a House vote, as is likely if you don't do the markup in the first week of December, it will be overshadowed by events, making it even harder to win the Senate. There is a legislative logjam waiting to break loose in the Senate, a major new jobs initiative coming, another LGBT bill on domestic partnership benefits for federal employees edging ahead of ENDA, midterm election campaigns in which 4 Senators we need are going up for re-election, and DADT promised for Spring/Fall 2010. While you may believe your strategy is sound, I am very concerned.

Please don't make us wait and wonder whether ENDA will make it back on the schedule for December. Please immediately schedule the ENDA markup for the first week in December.