Reid to Boehner: ENDA vote is ‘right thing to do’

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) told Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) that he should allow a vote on a gay-rights bill not because it’s popular with a majority of Americans but because “it’s the right thing to do.”

“Once again Republicans in Congress are out of step with Republicans in the rest of the country,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. “But there is a much more important reason to support this legislation — it’s the right thing to do.”

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Reid made the comments just hours before the Senate will vote on whether to proceed to the consideration of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Earlier Monday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced his opposition to the bill. Some Republicans have argued that the law would burden businesses by increasing discrimination lawsuits.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the bill earlier this year. But even if it passes in the Senate, it stands little chance of being taken up in the House.  

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