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After Speaker Ryan Abandons Regular Order, Maloney Condemns House Republicans 4th Attempt to Block LGBT Anti-Discrimination Amendment

Jun 8, 2016
Press Release

Washington – After Speaker Paul Ryan abandoned his promise for regular order in the House of Representatives, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement condemning House Republican efforts to once again block Rep. Maloney’s amendment to ban LGBT discrimination in federal contracting. Tonight, House Republicans blocked Rep. Maloney’s amendment in the Rules Committee, preventing it from coming to the floor for a vote as part of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 2017.

“House Republican Leadership has rigged the process, rigged the vote, and rigged the bill in order to protect discrimination – now House Speaker Paul Ryan is changing the rules to stop LGBT Americans from getting basic workplace protections. They should be ashamed. It’s time to end the games and own up to where you stand – you either think it’s ok to discriminate against LGBT people or you don’t,” said Rep. Maloney, co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is the first openly gay member of Congress from New York. After 22 years together, he married his husband Randy Florke in June 2014 in Cold Spring, NY where they live with their three children.