Nye signs on as ENDA cosponsor

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.

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14 thoughts on “Nye signs on as ENDA cosponsor

  1. One of the reasons American business is at such a competitive disadvantage is that we have heaped upon the shoulders of our businesses, a ton of regulations that de-emphasize hiring based solely on MERIT and instead have attempted to create a quota system where companies are induced, threatened or simply bribed, into creating hiring policies that create a de-facto race/gender quota system.

    ENDA is a bad bill, anyway, since it leaves transgendered people out.

    The better approach would be to repeal all such workplace law and free American businesses to hire and fire anyone whom they see fit. If you were risking your own capital, you would not want to be forced or to have your arm twisted into hiring people based on their gene-pool of origin, instead of retaining your God-given right to freely associate with those you trust and hire those whose MERIT will promote prosperity in your enterprise.

  2. Except for raging over uptight Va. Beach closing Mt.Trashmore to snow sliding and those idiots outlawing those “deadly” sparklers during the 4th of July, I haven’t been very focused on social issues this year. Candidate advocacy and economic issues have had the center of my attention. So, I’m not too familiar with this bill and what it does. Titles on bills don’t mean too much.

    RE: the post by Ballance, if it simply outlaws discrimination based on an individual’s sexual preference or gender identity, I don’t see how that institutes a quota or does harm to merit based hires. Now, if it does institute quotas or force hires of lesser qulified candidates simply because they are a protected class of people, then I’d be strongly opposed. In such a case, I would be on board with you over-regulation arguement. The Libertarian that I am, I do see too much government interference and it isn’t helping our current economy.

    Preventing discrimination is important to merit. The best and brightest won’t always be hired if you start off by ruling out entire classes of people based on sexuality, gender, religion, color, political preference, football team preference etc. That is harmful to the free market. It is also harmful to an individual’s access to the market and does them injury.

    Although, there remains pockets of backwardsness in some places, in most of America, this bill truly isn’t necessary. Most businesses are more concerned with employees that show up to work, possess the needed skills, have a strong work ethic, and act as a professionals.

    So, maybe this bill is mostly for the pockets of America that don’t care about merit and prefer their own kind of neanderthal. If so, that’s fine by me.

    Smart move by Nye if this bill is only about non-discrimination. If this isn’t a quota bill, hard core GOP criticism will be seen as gratuitous “gay bashing” when we have real issues like our economy that need to be addressed. If Nye’s opponents gets mired in a simple non-discrimination issue, that would be a tactical mistake.

    Any clarification as to what this bill actually does would be welcomed.

  3. Thanks for posting about this, Vivian. We certainly worked hard to get him on board. And to address what someone mentioned above, the current version before Congress – HR 3017 – is fully inclusive of the Transgender community.

    For questions or information on the bill, you can visit http://www.passENDAnow.org

    Thanks again!

  4. Why should employers be forced to hire certain people ? I believe they should be able to hire the person most able to do the job no matter what race/sex. I work in a office with many races and no one is hired or fired because of race, gender sexual preference or any other reason other than the individual’s ability to do his/her job.People wake up America is beyond this type behavior.

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