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Nancy Pelosi: I Have No Intention Of Losing On DADT And ENDA

According to an unnamed person on a conference call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she vowed that she has "no intention" of losing the (hopefully) upcoming votes on DADT and ENDA. Kerry Eleveld reports for the Advocate:
A second participant said the Speaker discussed the timing of taking a vote on ENDA relative to a DADT repeal vote, which is automatically built into the calendar for next week based on the fact that the House is scheduled to consider the National Defense Authorization Act that week. A DADT repeal measure is likely to be proposed on the House floor as an amendment to the NDAA. The second source said the Speaker went through the chronology of the calendar and the fact that taking a vote on ENDA and DADT in the same week is literally impossible from a scheduling standpoint. Pelosi also said she thought ENDA would have a much better likelihood of passing if DADT were successfully ushered through first. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force planned to hold a press conference in Washington, D.C. Tuesday urging a vote on ENDA. In addition, Get Equal, a new LGBT direct action organization, planned a demonstration outside of Pelosi’s San Francisco district office Tuesday afternoon.
Rumors are flying that the GOP is planning new language for ENDA that would strip transgender and gender identity protections from the bill. In 2007 the House passed a trans-exclusive version of ENDA. The bill did not come to a vote in the Senate.

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