Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Click Here To Email 36 U.S. Representatives Unconfirmed on ENDA

Posted: 19 Oct 2009 07:46 AM PDT

The House is poised to take a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) soon. While the real fight is going to be in the Senate, it is worthwhile to pause for a moment and take note of where we are in the House. Crunch time is coming, and it won’t work to call the day before the vote.

There are, according to my calculations, 212 likely yes votes in the House. That is 5 shy of the 217 needed to win a majority of votes. (Normally it’s 218, but there are two vacant seats, California’s District 10 and Florida’s District 19, and I don’t believe these vacancies will be filled prior to the ENDA vote in the House. Feel free to correct me if you have better info.)

Two weeks ago, there was a vote to strip hate crimes from the Defense Authorization Act in the House. It lost, but I and many others took the opportunity to note which Representatives showed their true colors. For those legislators who voted to strip us out, and were previously unconfirmed on ENDA, I moved to the “probable no” column. We need to focus our limited time and energy (though I hope some will step forward on ENDA). That leaves 36 U.S. Representatives who are unconfirmed on ENDA. Their emails (and phone numbers) are after the jump. Please contact those near you and ask for their support on ENDA.

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