Senate

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

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (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. 

Gillibrand, 51, whose name has been floated as potential candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2020, said President Trump 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."

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