Thursday, July 9, 2009

Out Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin Takes LGBT Issues to the Hill

(From Capitol Hill - Wednesday, July 8

"Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin testified in support of her Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, which would extend health insurance and other benefits to the same-sex partners of Federal employees. Also on Tuesday the House Subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and Healthy Families and Communities heard testimony on “Strengthening School Safety through Prevention of Bullying,” which featured testimony from parents and families of children who have been affected by bullying in schools.

The hearing on Baldwin’s bill included testimony from OPM Director John Berry, Former U.S. Ambassador Michael Guest, Carolyn E. Wright, a vice president at American Airlines, and others. “It is time for the federal government to follow the lead of many private sector employers who value all their workers and provide employee benefits that cover all families” said Baldwin, testifying in front of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee."

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