Maloney, Sinema Lead Bipartisan Letter Demanding Speaker Boehner to Bring ENDA to Floor
Dec 4, 2013
Washington, D.C. - Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) led a bipartisan letter signed by five Republican and five Democrats calling on Speaker Boehner to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA) to the House floor for a vote. Rep. Maloney and Rep. Sinema were joined by Republicans including Rep. Charlie Dent, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Chris Gibson, Rep. Jon Runyan and Rep. Richard Hanna, as well as Democrats, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Ron Kind and Rep. Kurt Schrader.
“Despite strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, Speaker Boehner is refusing to do the right thing for our country. The bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act is a simple concept supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans - people should be evaluated based on their job performance, not who they love or who they are. It’s a disgrace that Speaker Boehner continues to put his own partisan politics ahead of the American people,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
“Americans deserve to be judged in the workplace by their job performance, not their sexual orientation. I call on the House to ensure that all workers are treated the same by bringing ENDA to the House floor today,” said Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.
The United States Senate passed S. 815, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA) by a bipartisan vote of 64 to 32 with the support of ten Republicans.
The full letter is as follows:
On 7 November 2013, the United States Senate passed S. 815, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA) by a bipartisan vote of 64 to 32. As cosponsors of H.R. 1755 – the House’s companion legislation, we respectfully encourage you to bring this timely and commonsense legislation to a vote before the House of Representatives before the end of the 113th Congress.
An innate sense of fairness compels our country to rise above all forms of workplace discrimination. ENDA would help us move towards this goal in a manner that balances worker protections with respect for religious employers. Keeping with the notion that employees should be judged on their merits alone, the bill explicitly prohibits preferential treatment or hiring quotas. We are not seeking special privileges – just equal protections.
Job discrimination against any American creates an uneven playing field that runs contrary to the basic notion of equality and our economic efficiency. What matters most is not that we share the exact same beliefs as our coworkers or employees, but that we take pride in our work, respect our coworkers and customers, and get the job done.
It is our hope that this legislation will be brought to the House Floor – to allow the members to vote as they see fit – and demonstrate to the American people that Congress can work in a bipartisan manner on an important issue of fairness.
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA-15)
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27)
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY-22)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO-2)
Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ-3)
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5)
Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY-19)
Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-3)