Pelosi Statement on LGBT Discrimination Amendments on Energy & Water Bill

May 25, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Evangeline George, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the outcome of three amendments regarding LGBT discrimination offered in the Energy and Water Appropriations bill:

“After Republicans worked so hard to defeat Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s anti-discrimination amendment last week, we are happy to see his amendment succeed in the Energy & Water bill.  However, the success of the Maloney Amendment does not hide the reality that House Republicans have chosen to make enabling discrimination against LGBT Americans a top legislative priority. 

“House Republicans have chosen to engage in a systematic campaign of discrimination against LGBT Americans.  With the Pittenger Amendment and the Byrne Amendment, Republicans overwhelmingly voted to support HB 2, the hateful and discriminatory state law in North Carolina, and to enable anti-LGBT bigotry across our country

“House Republicans should be ashamed of themselves.  History will not look kindly on the votes Republicans proudly took to target Americans because of whom they are or whom they love.  House Republicans’ vile crusade against LGBT Americans is a complete disgrace.”   

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