ENDA has little chance of passing this year, says Speaker of the House John Boehner. Boehner told the LGBT Equality Caucus there was "no way" ENDA would pass during his first meeting with the group last week.
“A number of us did meet with, actually the caucus met with Speaker Boehner,” openly gay congressman and co-chair of the Caucus Rep. Mark Takano said. “He said no way was it going to get done in this session.”
Though Takano called the meeting with Boehner "historic," this doesn't come as a complete surprise. Last November he called the act "unnecessary." “I am opposed to discrimination of any kind in the workplace or anyplace else, but I think this legislation … is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits,” he said in a press conference that month. “People are already protected in the workplace.”
ENDA, which would provide anti-discrimination protection for LGBT workers nationwide, passed in the Senate 64-32 last April, but with Boehner's "no way" attitude, it's unlikely the bill will be brought up for a vote in the House.