Senate ENDA bill has 38 39 sponsors, so far

UDPATE: Senator Stabenow (D-MI) is now a co-sponsor.
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Now, that we have an ENDA bill in the Senate, we know who is firmly on board, we know who we have to get.

The original sponsors are: Merkley (D-OR), Kennedy (D-MA), Collins (R-ME) and Snowe (R-ME).

The legislation isn’t online yet, but from Merkley’s office, we’ve been provided the list of other sponsors (all Democrats and the two Democratic-leaning independents):

Other original co-sponsors of ENDA include Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, Senators Daniel Akaka (HI), Jeff Bingaman (NM), Barbara Boxer (CA), Sherrod Brown (OH), Roland Burris (IL), Maria Cantwell (WA), Ben Cardin (MD), Bob Casey (PA), Chris Dodd (CT), Russ Feingold (WI), Diane Feinstein (CA), Al Franken (MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Tom Harkin (IA), Daniel Inouye (HI), John Kerry (MA), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Patrick Leahy (VT), Carl Levin (MI), Joe Lieberman (CT), Robert Menendez (NJ), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Patty Murray (WA), Jack Reed (RI), Bernie Sanders (VT), Chuck Schumer (NY), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Arlen Specter (PA), Mark Udall (CO), Tom Udall (NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), and Ron Wyden (OR).

There are 24 Democrats who haven’t co-sponsored the bill, most are from the moderate/conservative wing of the Democratic caucus. And, there are 38 Republicans who didn’t.

Only three other Republicans, besides Snowe and Collins, voted the right way on Hate Crimes: Lugar (IN), Murkowski (AK) and Voinovich (OH). All 58 of the Democrats who were there (Kennedy and Byrd were absent) voted the right way on that Hate Crimes cloture motion. (The Hate Crimes vote was a motion to invoke cloture, requiring 60 votes.)


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