Now that the Senate has approved it, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks there are enough votes to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House. But Speaker John Boehner will make sure we will never know. Once again, Boehner has restated his adamant opposition to bringing the bill to a vote, while embracing every falsehood about the bill that he can find.
“I think this legislation…is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits,” said Boehner, as if people who are canned from their jobs get their jollies suing employers. “People are already protected in the workplace. I am opposed to continuing this.”
If by people, you mean Republicans in gerrymandered districts, the statement is correct. Otherwise, not so much in 29 states on the basis of sexual orientation and 33 states on the basis of gender identity.
“Listen, I understand people have different opinions on this issue, and I respect those opinions,” Boehner said. But respect doesn’t mean letting people express them in a vote. That might rile the base, and we couldn’t afford to have that happen, could we?