Hoyer Statement on Obama's Decision To Pursue Non-Discrimination Executive Order

For Immediate Release:

June 16, 2014


Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama announced that he would pursue an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity:

“I applaud the President for his decision to pursue an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT Americans in hiring and employment.  This action will not only expand important protections to thousands of workers and ends taxpayer-supported discrimination but also serve as a challenge to the House to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.  For too long, this critical legislation has languished in the House, even after the Senate passed it with bipartisan support last Fall.  As a result, millions of LGBT Americans continue to go without federal protection against discrimination in the workplace. 

“All Americans deserve the equal chance to work hard and see their hard work translate into a secure place in our middle class, without fear of discrimination.  I urge House Republicans to allow the House to consider the Employment Non-Discrimination Act without delay.”