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McConnell: ENDA amendment is about ‘fairness’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE (R-Ky.) introduced a national right-to-work amendment to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

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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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