HRC on Capitol Hill for Lobby Day
October 3, 2013 by HRC staff
Post submited by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications
Equality supporters are taking action to show the broad and bipartisan support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) today – hundreds of Americans are having in-person meetings on Capitol Hill and placing calls to their lawmakers about the legislation. Call-in information for specific Senators is available at www.workplaceopportunity.org/LobbyDay.
ENDA supporters are in DC from 24 states, and are meeting with lawmakers including Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) The government shutdown isn’t dampening the enthusiasm of today’s participants – both straight allies and LGBT people – who are eager to be in DC educating and advocating for this important legislation.
Our efforts were temporarily halted after Capitol Hill went on lockdown following a shooting. All participants from today's lobby day are safe.
Americans connecting with their lawmakers have a lot of compelling information to share: ENDA enjoys bi-partisan support on the Hill and boasts a rare, diverse coalition of backers outside of the Beltway. Fortune 500s and other companies, big and small, support ENDA; as do religious leaders from varying faith traditions. And brand new polling on the legislation released this week shows support for ENDA nationwide at nearly 70 percent – including 56 percent of Republicans.
Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he’d like to bring ENDA to the Senate floor sometime soon. Earlier this year, the bill passed out of a Senate committee with bipartisan support, including Republicans Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
Learn more about ENDA at www.hrc.org/ENDA. And don’t miss this opportunity to speak out in support of ENDA: look up the contact information for your Senators now, and call them to ask them to get behind this legislation. A full list is available at www.workplaceopportunity.org/LobbyDay.
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