WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives could vote on the Equality Act next week, the Washington Blade reported Monday.
A congressional aid told the newspaper that the official announcement will be on Friday.
The Equality Act was reintroduced in March with 240 co-sponsors, including three Republicans. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski was the only Illinois Democrat who wouldn’t sign on to co-sponsor the Equality Act. The act was also endorsed by the NAACP.
The Blade reported that Republicans in the House have an opportunity to stop the bill with a motion to recommit, a legislative maneuver that forces a vote on an amendment the majority would otherwise not allow to come up. It was done on a recent gun control bill that the GOP added an anti-immigrant amendment to.
The floor vote on the Act, the Blade reported, will mark the first-time ever either chamber of Congress has considered the pro-LGBT legislation.
The act would modify existing civil rights legislation to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, education, federal programs and credit.