MegaVote Nov. 11, 2013

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Employment Nondiscrimination – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Drug Quality and Security
  • House: Health Plans

Recent Senate Votes Employment Nondiscrimination – Passage – Vote Passed (64-32, 4 Not Voting)
Senators passed a bill prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity on Thursday after a week of negotiations and close procedural votes. The bill would bar employers from firing, refusing to promote or refusing to hire workers because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Similar bills have been introduced over recent years, and one passed the House in 2007 before dying in the Senate. This current piece of legislation extends equal employment protection to transgendered individuals for the first time. The bill exempts employers not subject to existing workplace discrimination laws concerning employees’ religions, primarily churches and religious schools. Before the final vote, ten Republicans joined the Democratic caucus in securing the three-fifths vote majority required to invoke cloture. The House is unlikely to vote on the bill.
Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YE

Upcoming Votes Drug Quality and Security – H.R.3204
The Senate returns Tuesday to consider legislation that updates regulations of pharmacies that compound drugs.

Health Plans – H.R.3350
The House is scheduled to debate a bill that allows individuals to keep their health coverage plans, even if they have received cancellation notices. The plans may not meet minimum coverage requirements established in the 2010 health care overhaul, but would be “grandfathered” for another year through 2014.

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