Conservative opponents of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation failed to take to the floor to speak out against the bill.
While 30 Senators voted against the bill Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin could find no record of any of them explaining their action, according to Roll Call
. Several senators from both sides spoke in favor of ENDA's protections,
with seven supporting the bill.
A final senate vote on ENDA is expected on Thursday afternoon.
Heritage Action for America has lobbied against ENDA
on the grounds that it would "undermine civil liberties, increase government interference in the labor market, and trample on religious liberty."
Though opponents were present, no GOP senator used these — or any other — arguments on the Floor against the legislation, Roll Call reported.
The fate of the bill in the Republican-controlled House is unclear.
Speaker John Boehner's office said he would oppose the bill.
"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small-business jobs," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/dean-heller-enda-legislation-99309.html Politico.
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