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

Partial transcript of remarks by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) 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 just say that what we’ve seen on the Senate floor today and what we’ll see this afternoon is such a restatement of basic American values of freedom, of fairness, and opportunity.

And for folks like myself in the LGBT community, the opportunity to be judged in the workplace by your skill and qualifications, your loyalty, your work ethic is an important pronouncement for this nation.

I talked about the substantive impact of passing laws. But I also just want to reiterate the symbolic impact. When we say something is wrong and it shouldn’t be done, that sends a powerful message to prevent discrimination in the first place.

This is a really tremendous milestone – a day I will never forget in my service in the Senate.

And I also just want to add how remarkable it has been to work with this really committed team of leaders in the U.S. Senate who are everyday committed to freedom and fairness, equality and opportunity.



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