US Senate Television - No Restrictions

Washington, DC 7 November 2013

1. Wide of Senate floor

UPSOUND: Clerk of the Senate:

"Calendar number 184 - S - 815, a bill to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."

2. Wide of Senate floor

3. SOUNDBITE: Sen. Christopher Murphy, (D) Connecticut:

"Are there any Senators wishing to vote or to change their vote? If not, on this vote, the "ayes" are 64, the nays are 32. The bill as amended is passed."

4. SOUNDBITE: Sen. Susan Collins, (R) Maine:

"Simply put, Mr. President, ENDA is about fairness and workplace equality. Today, I am confident that the Senate will affirm that principle."

5. SOUNDBITE: Sen. Tom Harkin, (D) Iowa:

"The ball is now passed to the House. The House of Representatives now has, or will shortly have it. And I'm calling on Speaker Boehner to bring the bill to the floor. Let the House vote on it. I'm convinced, if the House votes on this, it will pass the House and go to the President for his signature."


The Senate has approved a bill outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

The final tally was 64-32.

Despite the bipartisan vote, the measure's chances in the House are dim.

Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) calls the shots, and he opposes the bill.

Still, gay rights advocates hailed Senate passage as a major victory in a year of significant change.