McConnell: ENDA amendment is about ‘fairness’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE (R-Ky.) introduced a national right-to-work amendment to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Their amendment — which likely will be blocked by Senate Democrats — aims to prohibit labor unions from forcing some employees to pay union dues.

“In practical terms, here’s what that would mean for middle-class folks in Kentucky and across America: If you want to join a union, you can. And if you don’t want to join a union, you don’t have to,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “That’s it.”

The Senate is expected to debate ENDA for the rest of the week. S. 815 bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Monday, the Senate voted 61-30 to end debate on a motion to proceed to the bill.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said Monday that he hoped senators would file only germane amendments.

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