3685 Amendment To Include Gender Identity

Tammy Baldwin Secures ENDA Votes?

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Big news out of DC! Sappho-politico Tammy Baldwin says she may havesecured the votes needed to reattach gender identity to the recently truncated Employment Non-Discrimination Act (HR 3685).

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced today that she has secured an agreement from the Democratic leadership to introduce an amendment to H.R. 3685 that would restore gender identity protections to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The amendment would be considered on the House floor next week, after the bill moves through the House Education and Labor Committee this Thursday.

Upon hearing the news, United ENDA – a broad-based coalition – released the following statement:

Clearly, our preferred strategy is to pass the original ENDA (H.R. 2015) out of committee. However, if we are faced with a non-inclusive bill following the committee vote, we will work with Congresswoman Baldwin to repair ENDA to include protections on the basis of gender identity.

The group also celebrates its massive efforts – as it should.