Here is what I wrote at around 5:30 pm today on SexInThePublicSquare.org:
HRC is announcing that tomorrow, Wednesday November 7, the House is scheduled to vote on ENDA.
Please call Tammy Baldwin and urge her to offer her amendment and not to withdraw it. Then call your representative and urge that person to support her amendment.
If representatives are given the chance to avoid going on record about gender identity they’ll take it. I, for one, don’t want them to have that chance.
Click here to find contact information for your congressperson or use the Speak Out!! section on the left.
Oh, and happy election day.
Here is what I wrote 5 hours later:
UPDATE 10:00pm NOV 6: This is not such good news as it first appeared. This is the notation from GovTrack.us about the schedule debate and vote:
|Last Action:||Nov 5, 2007: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 793 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3685 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.|
So, maybe one of you can help decipher this but I read this to mean that the “previous question” (a yes or no vote on the bill as presented) will be considered without any other motions (e.g., amendments) except motions to send it back to committee.
This makes it sound like Tammy Baldwin’s amendment will not be offered.
Tune in tomorrow to see what the debate sounds like.
Meanwhile, expect an ENDA without gender identity included. In other words, expect a largely ineffective ENDA that reflects the needs of elite gays, lesbians and bisexuals but does not meet the needs of most of us.