Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-Ky.) to hold a vote on the House-passed Equality Act, which bans anti-LGBT discrimination.

Schumer’s call comes after the House approved the bill Friday by a 236-173 margin, with eight Republicans joining every Democrat in voting for the legislation.

“️‍Americans should be very proud today! The House just passed the bipartisan #EqualityAct. Because NO American should face discrimination simply because of who they are or who they love,” Schumer tweeted, calling for "McConnell to hold a vote in the Senate."

The bill would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, jury selection or public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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“Today, on this day, we have an opportunity to send a message now to help end discrimination in our country and set all of our people free,” Rep. John LewisJohn LewisPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act MORE (D-Ga.), a civil rights icon, said of the bill’s passage.

The legislation would face opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate amid conservative concerns about infringement of religious liberty.

“In fact, this bill legalizes discrimination — government imposed top-down discrimination against those with time-honored views of marriage and gender,” Rep. Vicky HartzlerVicky Jo HartzlerSchumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act House votes to condemn Trump's transgender military ban MORE (R-Mo.) said on the House floor Friday before the vote.

It is unclear if McConnell intends to bring it up for a Senate vote, but it appears unlikely President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE would sign the bill should it pass the upper chamber.

“The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all,” a senior administration official told NBC News. “However, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.”