Congress Beefs Up Efforts to Pressure Obama to Sign ENDA


March 12, 2014


National Harbor, Md. – In its recent string of efforts to combat employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, the Congress has once again renewed its effort to call on President Barack Obama to use his executive power to extend protections to the LGBT.


In a letter sent by democratic senators Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin, and Tom Harkin to their Senate colleagues, they reminded Obama about his pledge during his recent State of the Union address that he will make this year a “year of action”.


We are writing to urge you to fulfill the promise in your State of the Union address to make this a “year of action” and build upon a momentum of 2013 by signing an executive order banning federal contractors from engaging in employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. As you have said before, now is the time to end this kind of discrimination, not enable it,” the letter noted.


Under the current labor laws, Obama’s ability to ban employment discrimination is limited among government contractors only. Thus, the Congress is pushing for a more extensive legislation that would cover all employees.


For further details regarding the said letter, Huffington Post has obtained and posted a full copy of the same in its official web page.