Speaking at an event at the Center for American Progress, Harkin pledged to move the bill, which has languished in Congress for more than a decade, through the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which he chairs, reported Think Progress.
The measure has been introduced in every Congress since 1994 (except the 109th). Similar legislation has been introduced without passage since 1974.
President Barack Obama, who supports the bill’s passage, is said to be considering an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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