I’ll admit it: I’m floored. Congressman Glenn Nye has signed on as a cosponsor of H.R.3017, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He joins Virginia Reps. Bobby Scott (3rd), Jim Moran (8th), and Gerry Connolly (11th) as one of now 197 Congressmen who are co-sponsoring this bill.
I mentioned this bill to Nye last summer. I never expected him to sign on, despite the fact that a) it throws the base a bone and b) it’s the right thing to do. No doubt his opponents will try to use this as proof that he’s a “far left liberal” but that would be wrong. Even our governor, Bob McDonnell, reiterated yesterday that “discrimination won’t be tolerated in the state work force,” although he is unwilling to make that part of his policy official.
Kudos to the folks who had the patience to continue to lobby Nye on this long after I had given up. Now – get to work on Tom Perriello and Rick Boucher 🙂
In other news, Nye helped a local music producer to get his mother out of Haiti.
Nye and his staff worked with the State Department, military, and others to speed the process.
This is part of what our representatives are there for: to help constituents navigate the bureaucracy that is our government. Ofttimes, such efforts happen under the radar, without any public acknowledgment. Kudos to Nye and his staff for helping to make this happen.