July 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Speier: ENDA passage within 5 years

A pro-LGBT lawmaker has said it may take within five years for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, according to the Bay Area Reporter.

The San Francisco-based LGBT newspaper reported this week that Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) suggested ENDA may not pass by the end of the year when during a speech she said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “is doing all she can to ensure a majority for next year so we can pass ENDA.”

In an interview following her public remarks before San Francisco’s Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Speier reportedly said in regard to ENDA’s prospects that passage this year “is in question.”

“There’s no question ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will be history this year,” Speier was quoted as saying. “ENDA, we will have that law for sure within the next five years.”

Speier reportedly added that she was “being realistic” in her assessment.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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