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Gillibrand: ‘New president’ is needed to pass Equality Act

Gillibrand: ‘New president’ is needed to pass Equality Act
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIntelligence leaders warn of threats from China, domestic terrorism Jon Stewart accuses VA of being 'an obstacle' to burn pits medical care Family policy that could appeal to the right and the left MORE (D-N.Y.) on Saturday said Democrats must work to elect a “new president” to pass the Equality Act, which would enshrine civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community into law.

During a speech at the Human Rights Campaign, Gillibrand encouraged the crowd to “advocate, organize and vote.”

“Because with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate, we can create the momentum that we need for a new president to sign that bipartisan bill in 2020,” she said, referring to the civil rights legislation. 

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Gillibrand, 51, whose name has been floated as potential candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2020, said President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE will never sign the legislation into law.

“He has neither the decency nor the empathy to do so,” she said. 

During the speech, Gillibrand emphasized the need for Democrats to win elections to work toward “equality for all.” 

“It starts in 2018 because with our votes we will flip the House and the Senate,” she said Saturday. “When we flip the House and the Senate, we will make the progress we need towards social and economic equality for all.”