ENDA chugging along
Both publicly and behind the scenes, things are moving on ENDA.
Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will conduct a hearing on this year's (trans inclusive) version of ENDA. You can watch it here; Beltway denizens can show up in person at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 430.
The Republican witnesses in the Senate will be the same two who testified on the House side: management side lawyer Camille Olson and Religious Broadcasters Association official Craig Parshall. Representing the Obama administration will be Tom Perez, the head of DoJ's Civil Rights Division. Other Dem witnesses will be Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, University of Colorado Law Professor Helen Norton, a Nike Corporation respresentative, and a Massachusetts police officer.
Behind the scenes, House members are hoping to schedule a mark-up (a session during which Education and Labor Committee members will offer amendments to the bill) soon. At that point, there will be a "chairman's mark" that will include any modifications that the sponsors wish to make before the bill moves to the House floor. The chairman's mark effectively substitutes for the version of the bill as originally introduced. The floor vote on ENDA in the House will probably occur about a week after the mark-up.