House LGBT Caucus Leadership Recommends ‘No’ Vote on NDAA

Sep 26, 2016
Press Release

1433 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Date: May 18, 2016         Contact:  Roddy Flynn, (202) 226-7572

House LGBT Caucus Leadership Recommends ‘No’ Vote on NDAA

Washington, DC – Leadership of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today recommended that Members of Congress vote ‘No’ on final passage of the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The recommendation is based on Section 1094 of NDAA, which undermines protections for LGBT employees of federal contractors and grantees.

“Section 1094 is a poorly drafted and broad provision which undermines the President’s landmark Executive Order,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Executive Director Roddy Flynn.  “At a time when an overwhelming majority of Americans support employment nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, we cannot allow our historic and hard fought protections to be undercut.  NDAA should be about how to best keep our country safe.  Instead, Section 1094 allows taxpayer dollars to subsidize discrimination.  For that reason, the leadership of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus recommends members of Congress vote ‘no’ on any version of NDAA that contains Section 1094.

There was an opportunity for the harmful Section 1094 to be removed from NDAA, but the House Rules Committee chose to prevent debate or a vote on the amendment to strike the section.  As the bill stands, with the anti-LGBT provision intact, LGBT Caucus leadership must recommend that members vote against the final bill.

The entire Caucus thanks Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) for leading the amendment to strike Section 1094 from NDAA, and their cosponsors:  Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Scott Peters (D-CA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Rick Larsen (D-WA).”

Please contact Roddy Flynn at 202-257-8416 or roddy.flynn@mail.house.gov with press inquiries.

The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and wellbeing for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

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