Letter from Senator Merkley on ENDA

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Senator Jeff Merkley, (D) Oregon
Senator Jeff Merkley, (D) Oregon

All Americans deserve fairness in the workplace. Sadly, it’s still legal in more than half the U.S. to fire someone just because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

I’ve been honored to take up Ted Kennedy’s mantle and lead the successful fight in the U.S. Senate to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). But unfortunately, Speaker Boehner is blocking ENDA by refusing to let it come to the floor for a vote in the House, even though it recently passed the Senate by a bipartisan, two-to-one vote.

We need action now. That’s why this week, I am leading over 200 of my Senate and House colleagues in calling on President Obama to sign an executive order to end taxpayer-funded discrimination in the workplace. There are long-standing policies in place banning discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and religion by government contractors. There is no reason to wait any longer to extend these anti-discrimination policies to cover LGBT Americans and protect millions of people from being fired for who they are or who they love. You can click here to read my letter to the President and see the many senators and members of Congress who have signed their name to this critical effort.

Fairness, justice and equality are at the heart of who we are as a nation. Discrimination has no place in America. Please know I’ll keep fighting for LGBT equality and to end workplace discrimination for all Americans.

All my best,