Earlier this week however, it wasn’t clear if the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) would even reach the Senate floor for a final vote. It took Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon’s cornering of two GOP Senators in the Republican’s Senate cloakroom to hash out a deal that eventually lead to this outcome.
It was also Sen. Merkley the late Sen. Ted Kennedy asked to carry the torch for ENDA when it became apparent Kennedy was not going to live to see passage of a bill he long championed.
While at first glance it appears the bill is doomed to die in the House, however, nothing has gone quite right for the House Republicans recently. With all seats in the Republican-held House up for grab in less than a year from now, there likely are enough concerned moderates that’ll join with House Democrats and vote to pass the bill. But the question is whether House Speaker Boehner will let the bill reach the floor for a vote.
In the past few hours just prior to the writing of this article, Senators Tammy Baldwin and Al Franken have called Boehner and asked that he just let it go to the floor for a straight up or down vote.
While I’ve no clue what Boehner will do, but I believe he’s long overdue to make a ‘what the heck, let’s do it’ move. I also know Sen. Kennedy is giving Merkley a tip of the hat from the ‘other side.’
Sen. Al Franken on Boehner: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/al-franken/what-is-speaker-boehner-w_b_4235599.html
Sen Tammy Baldwin (video): http://www.advocate.com/politics/2013/11/07/watch-tammy-baldwin-tells-john-boehner-just-bring-enda-vote-0
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