Transcript: Sen. Patty Murray’s remarks on the passage of ENDA – press briefing Nov. 7, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) on the Senate’s passage of S. 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA), which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was approved by the Senate by a vote of 64 to 32. The press briefing was held on Nov. 7, 2013:

I want to thank Sen. [Jeff] Merkley for his tremendous work on this, taking it over from Sen. [Ted] Kennedy and getting it passed. You showed your true blue West Coast determination and it’s great to have you take this on and pull it through.

And to Sen. [Tammy] Baldwin for her passion and understanding and helping people truly understand the meaning of what this legislation is.

But I especially want to thank Sen. [Tom] Harkin, who is the chairman of the committee, who has seen history in his own time and today is one of those and it’s been his leadership so many times over in reminding all of us what discrimination means and that our country is better than that. Sen. Harkin thank you.

Sen. [Dick] Durbin invited the Speaker to go home to his own state to listen to what people are saying about what happens to them when they’re discriminated against.

I would welcome the Speaker after he does that to come out to the state of Washington where we have one of the strongest laws on the books to protect the members of the LGBT community from being discriminated against. And I would advise him that he could visit some great companies in my state who are thriving because they respect LGBT members and bring them to their companies and employ them – companies like Starbucks and Amazon and Microsoft and Nordstrom. They will all tell you that this law is a good law and one that should be for the entire country.

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