Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lame-Duck ENDA Vote?

Interesting.  POLITICO's Ben Martin writes that House Speaker (and House Minority Leader hopeful) Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is hoping to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act up for a vote in the House at some point during the lame-duck session.  Of course, he doesn't link to an article or statement about it so we just kinda have to take his word for it, but I wouldn't be surprised if Pelosi had this on her mind.

However, even if the House did vote on it (I think it would pass by a slim margin, like most of the Dems' major bills this Congress), I'm not sure it would be scheduled for a Senate vote, let alone overcome a GOP filibuster.  Act on Principles' grassroots whip count (which I have to say I've lost a certain amount of faith in since the debacle with Sen. Blanche Lincoln telling us she'd vote for DADT repeal and then... not) shows ENDA receiving (if we include Leaning Yes's) 234 votes in the House and 60 in the Senate - that would technically be enough to pass both chambers (I have no doubt Obama would sign the bill if it came across his desk, but highly doubt he would lobby for it).  I'm not entirely sure the votes are really there in the Senate, but it's entirely possible given that Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) are both cosponsors.

So who knows.  If it gets scheduled for a vote, it's possible, given the current whip counts, that ENDA could become law during the lame-duck session.  But this is all based on one blog post by someone who doesn't have a source to cite, so let's not get too excited.  And if it was really just this easy and the votes were already there, why hasn't it already been voted on?

Stay tuned for updates.

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