Dear People For Supporter,
Yesterday, thanks in part to the pressure you and activists like you have been mounting on Senators, a strongly bipartisan 61-30 cloture vote ended a Republican filibuster on proceeding to full Senate consideration of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
For now, we have the votes to pass it in the Senate, but we need to survive the amendment process, where some Republicans are talking about adding troubling and politically charged provisions that could hurt the bill. Then if ENDA makes it through the Senate, we face a steep challenge in the House where Speaker Boehner has said he doesn't want to take up the bill, declaring it will only "increase frivolous litigation."
As the ENDA debate continues, we need Senators to continue to hear from their constituents -- Senators who voted "yes" on cloture should be thanked and urged to keep it up, and Senators who voted "no" should be reminded that they still have a chance to stand on the side of common sense and not with anti-gay extremists.
Please take one or more of the following actions (whichever apply to you):
Click here to place a call to your U.S. Senators>>
If you haven't signed already, click here to sign our petition to the full Congress (including the House) urging full passage of ENDA>>
Click here to spread the word and help us keep up the fight>>
Thanks again, and thank you for your steadfast support for Equality -- the American Way.
From: Jen Herrick, People For the American Way
Re: Big news on ENDA! Your Senators need to hear from you now
Sent: Monday, November 4, 2013
Tell Your Senators: Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) Now!
Tell Your Senators: Pass ENDA Now!
Dear People For Supporter,
Senate Majority Leader Reid is bringing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to a vote this week … but before it can reach a straight up-or-down vote on the Senate floor, it needs to pass a few procedural hurdles including a vote tonight requiring 60 “yes” votes just to start debate.
Please click here now to place an urgent call to your Senators and tell them to pass ENDA.
Last week we got some great news, as Senators Bill Nelson of Florida, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced that they will support ENDA. That makes 100% of Senate Democrats, including newly sworn-in Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey who we also expect to vote “yes.”
We also have a few Republicans on board. Senators Mark Kirk (Illinois) and Susan Collins (Maine) are both cosponsors of the bill. Additionally, Senators Orrin Hatch (Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted to approve the bill in committee.
And just this morning, we got breaking news that Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) will also support ENDA.
That brings us up to 60 suspected “yes” votes -- we need to make sure every one of those votes comes through. And as important as it is to have their support, we need them to actually show up for the votes since this is right on the cusp. Every vote counts tremendously!
It’s way too close for us to take any chances.
Senators who have indicated that they’ll stand with us need to hear from you to keep up the support and continue fighting. And the rest of them should be told to stand with common sense, not the anti-gay extremists who are using lies and distortions to try to stop ENDA.
Please call your Senators now -- click here.
Thank you for all you do.
Jen Herrick, Senior Policy Analyst