White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday that the Obama administration WILL NOT revisit the idea of issuing an executive order barring anti-gay federal job discrimination which President Obama REFUSED to sign last month in the wake of the failed vote among ExxonMobil shareholders to adopt a non-discrimination policy for LGBT workers.
The failed EO which would have required federal contractors to institute LGBT non-discrimination policies would have affected ExxonMobil which has won more than $1 billion in federal contractors in the past decade. In the last fiscal year, the company claimed $158 million in federal contracts alone.
But the White House insists that getting ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) passed in Congress and signed into law is the correct way to proceed. Even though ENDA has been introduced in every Congress since 1994 and has not been able to get very far because of the Republican opposition against it.
Jay Carney proved today just how far removed and short-sighted the Obama Administration is on ENDA and/or any kind of non-discrimination policy for LGBT workers into some kind of law
Blade: In the past decade, Exxon Mobil has taken more than $1 billion in federal contracts. In the wake of this vote, will the administration revisit the idea of issuing that executive order, barring federal contractors from taking money if they don’t have non-discrimination policies based on sexual orientation and gender identity?Carney: Well, we don’t expect that an EO of that nature will be issued at this time. We are working, as I’ve said in the past, with Congress. We support legislation that has been introduced, (ENDA) and we will continue to work to build support for it. We believe that the legislative avenue here is the right avenue to pursue at this time.Blade: How can the legislative avenue be right at this time when Republicans control Congress? How will that legislation get through the Republican-controlled Congress?Carney: Well, because it’s the right thing to do