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Baldwin says OPM has pay-for info on DP bill

The only out lesbian in Congress told reporters Wednesday the administration has sent to her

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Rep. Tammy Baldwin (DC Agenda photo by Michael Key)

The only out lesbian in Congress told reporters Wednesday the administration has sent to her the necessary information on finding funds to pay for domestic partner benefits legislation for federal workers.

Asked by DC Agenda whether the U.S. Office of Personnel Management had yet provided the data as requested by lawmakers, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) replied, “To me.”

The legislation, known as the Domestic Partnership Benefits & Obligations Act, would make available to the same-sex partners of federal workers the same benefits available to the spouses of straight workers, including health and pension benefits.

“We’ll be able to pay for it,” Baldwin, the bill’s sponsor, added. “I’m confident that we will be able to offset it so that it will meet statutory pay-go requirements.”

Both the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over the legislation reported out the bill late last year, but supporters have said they wouldn’t move the bill to the floor unless OPM provided information on how to pay for the legislation’s cost — an estimated $63 million each year — within the agency’s existing budget.

Baldwin said she didn’t want to offer more information publicly on how OPM found the needed funds to pay for the legislation.

“The last thing you want to do is put a pay-for out there,” she said. “Somebody else will grab it before I’m ready to take the bill to the floor because everyone wants money to pay for their bill.”

Baldwin said she’s “committed to see that bill advance” this year and said supporters are working out when the legislation would come to the House floor. She said the focus for vote counting right now is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and predicted ENDA would to come to floor before the domestic partner bill.

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certifies Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc

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Washington, D.C. — Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc, the parent company of the Washington Blade and Azer Creative, announced today it has been certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses. With this certification the Blade’s parent company joins more than 510 business and 134 corporate partners of the NGLCC.

Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. owns and operates the Washington Blade, the oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper in the country. In 2012, the company launched Azer Creative, a full-service design firm. The company employs more than a dozen full-time LGBT staff.

“We are excited to become one of the 500 LGBT businesses across the country certified by NGLCC,” said Lynne Brown, the Blade’s publisher and a co-owner of the company. “The LGBT community has been part of our company from the beginning and we look forward to continue that for many years to come.”

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and is known as the “newspaper of record” for the LGBT community both locally and nationally. Visit washingtonblade.com for more information. Azer Creative is a full-service graphic design firm based in Washington, D.C. Visit azercreative.com for more information. 

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