Cantwell Statement on Senate Passage of ENDA

Cantwell: ‘A historic day on the long road towards equality in the workplace’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement after the Senate’s bipartisan vote of 64-32 to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Cantwell is a cosponsor of the ground-breaking bipartisan legislation, which would protect LGBT employees from discrimination under federal law for the first time. ENDA now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“This is a historic day on the long road towards equality in the workplace,” Cantwell said. “For the first time, the United States Senate has passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to protect all employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. I have been proud to cosponsor this bill since 1994. Washington state is a national leader in non-discrimination policies. It’s time for the rest of the country to catch up.                                                           

“Today, we are one step closer to ensuring that all Americans are judged on the job that they do, not their sexual orientation. I urge the U.S. House to move forward and pass this bill.”

Cantwell first cosponsored ENDA when she was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994. She was also a cosponsor of the bill when it was introduced in the Senate in the 111th and 112th Congresses. She is currently one of 55 cosponsors of the bill in the Senate.