House of Representatives Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) announced today that he has filed a discharge petition in the House of Representatives for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Polis introduced the resolution before the House Rules Committee, H.Res. 678, that would narrow ENDA’s religious exemption in the event the committee approved the bill for a vote on the House floor.
Pep. Polis’ statement:
A discharge petition is a procedure to force a vote on legislation if it receives signatures from the majority of the House of Representatives. This move comes after the House Republican leadership has continued to refuse to hold a vote on this bipartisan bill.
“This is common sense legislation that is supported by a majority of Americans and was passed overwhelmingly by the United States Senate,” said Rep. Polis. “The Republicans have been dragging their feet on this bill for too long, allowing workplace discrimination against hardworking LGBT Americans to continue. In our nation that was founded on the notion that with hard work and dedication anyone can get ahead, it is unthinkable that employees can still be fired for who they love or what gender they are. I hope Members from both sides of the aisle will sign this petition and protect all Americans from discrimination in the work place.”
The discharge petition was the last ditch effort that Polis could make to get the long stalled and much controversial bill moving in the House of Representatives since John Boehners refusal to bring it up for a vote before the years end.
IF and its a very big IF, the the discharge petition is successful ENDA will the new version of the religious exemption would come up for a vote and IF passed would go back to the Senate where Tico Almedia and Freedom to Work negotiated the original much looser and dangerous exemption that would right LGBT discrimination by “religious organizations” into law.
July 22, 2014Mr. POLIS submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules
RESOLUTIONProviding for the consideration of the bill (S. 815) to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
That immediately upon adoption of this resolution, the House shall proceed to the consideration in the House of the bill (S. 815) to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. The amendment described in section 2 shall be considered as adopted. The bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. All points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce and one motion to recommit.
Sec. 2. The amendment described in this section is an amendment to S. 815 to strike section 6 of the bill and insert the following:
`SEC. 6. EXEMPTION FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS.
`This Act shall not change the requirements of title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.), pursuant to section 702(a) or 703(e)(2) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 2000e-1(a), 2000e-2(e)(2)), applicable to a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society with respect to the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on by such corporation, association, educational institution, or society of its activities. Such organizations are not exempt from the requirements of this Act to refrain from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, in the same manner as is required with respect to discrimination based on race, color, sex and national origin under such title.’.
Sec. 3. Clause 1(c) of rule XIX shall not apply to the consideration of S. 815.