Monday, November 04, 2013

the end of ENDA (at least for this Congress)

So Boehner is against ENDA which means it won't be enacted until we get a new House. No surprises there, but the interesting thing is the justification of the Speaker's position:
"We have always believed this is covered by existing law," said an aide to Boehner.
Which is false. While there are a few states and a bunch of municipalities that have barred discrimination against gays in employment, in most parts of the country, such discrimination is completely legal. ENDA would bar that kind of discrimination nation-wide. It is not true to say that actions that would be outlawed by ENDA are already covered by existing law.

The more I think about it, the more absurd Boehner's excuse seems. He won't bring it to a vote because he thinks the legislation is redundant and won't do anything? This is from a guy who let more than 40 symbolic and completely doomed attempts to repeal ObamaCare come to a vote?!?!? This Congress has probably voted on more things that everyone knew would not really do anything than any other Congress in my lifetime. Since when has John Boehner had a problem with that?