Congressmen Luján and Lujan Grisham Applaud Historic Vote to End Discrimination in the Senate; Call for Passage in the House

Both of New Mexico’s Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined in applauding the historic 64-32 vote in the United States Senate for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) yesterday, and called for swift passage in the House of Representatives.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District and a cosponsor of the House version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) applauded the Senate passage of legislation that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“As a cosponsor and strong supporter of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, I am encouraged that the Senate passed this important legislation, with strong bipartisan support, that would ensure no one is discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation.  With more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies already implementing policies like ENDA, it is time to adopt these best practices into law, and provide the LGBT community assurance that discrimination will not be tolerated.  Workers should be judged on their ability and work ethic, not their sexual orientation.

“Now that this bill has cleared the Senate, I hope that Republican leaders in the House will reconsider their opposition to this legislation and not stand in the way of the fight against discrimination.  I call upon House Republican leaders to allow a vote on this important bill.”

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico’s First Congressional District released the following statement after Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA):

“With its strong bipartisan vote to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the United States Senate today reaffirmed a basic but vital principle: everyone in this country should be treated equally under the law. Nobody should have to go to work every day fearful that they’ll lose their job simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. America’s workers should be judged based on their job performance, not on who they are or who they love.

“Now it’s time for the House to side with most Fortune 500 companies, countless small businesses, the state of New Mexico and a majority of Americans by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I’m proud to join nearly 200 of my House colleagues in co-sponsoring ENDA, and I urge Speaker Boehner to allow a vote on this bipartisan legislation.”