Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pelosi on ENDA and DADT: "I have no intention of losing either of these."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a conference call Monday with LGBT advocacy groups to spell out her plans to move forward on LGBT legislation during the current congressional session. The Advocate reports:
The speaker relayed different avenues to passing both “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act this year and solicited feedback from advocates, according to two participants of the call.
“I have no intention of losing on either of these,” Pelosi said, according to one person on the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
A second participant said the speaker discussed the timing of taking a vote on ENDA relative to a DADT repeal vote, which is automatically built into the calendar for next week based on the fact that the House is scheduled to consider the National Defense Authorization Act that week. A DADT repeal measure is likely to be proposed on the House floor as an amendment to the defense bill.
The second source said the speaker went through the chronology of the calendar and the fact that taking a vote on ENDA and DADT in the same week is literally impossible from a scheduling standpoint. Pelosi also said she thought ENDA would have a much better likelihood of passing if DADT repeal were successfully ushered through first.
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