Yesterday, dozens of Republicans voted in favor of an amendment to protect LGBT workers from discrimination. However, the House leadership held a vote open on the floor longer than permitted to persuade seven Republicans to switch their votes, just enough to kill the amendment.
In July 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13672, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Yesterday’s amendment, offered by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), says that no funds from the bill can be used to contract with companies that aren’t in compliance with this executive order.
The 29 Republicans who voted in favor include:
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