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House Hearing on Federal Contractor Exec Order: 'Not a Single Complaint' on LGBT Provision from Republicans
Tico Almeida, President of Freedom to Work, Echoes Rep. Polis's (DCO) Comments in This Morning's Roll Call
WASHINGTON, DC This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce held a congressional hearing, "Reviewing the Impact of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' Regulatory and Enforcement Actions," which drew no criticism on a proposal to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workforce. Below is a statement from Freedom to Works founder and president Tico Almeida: Todays congressional hearing featured three Republican-selected witnesses, including business representatives, and not a single one of them complained about the proposal to add LGBT Americans to the Labor Departments rules that ensure taxpayer dollars are not squandered by discriminatory contractors who allow anti-gay hostile work environments. Not a single Republican member of Congress who attended the hearing complained either. Thats because our LGBT proposal is completely non-controversial and politically safe, as shown by HRCs polling data that 73% of 2012 likely voters favor President Obama signing the executive order promoting workplace fairness and eliminating discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Moreover, Americas top contractors companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Raytheon adopted LGBT non-discrimination rules many years ago because they realize that ending harassment improves worker productivity and company profits. Ever since I attended the White House meeting last Wednesday with Valerie Jarrett, White House spokesperson Jay Carney has been ducking questions from the press and making up lame excuses to justify the Presidents delay in signing this executive order that Barack Obama promised four years ago he would sign if we helped elect him. I agree with the Center for American Progress and the Human Rights Campaign that President Obama should sign the LGBT order now. To quote the President's own words, 'We can't wait.' This morning in Roll Call, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) commented on the White House meeting last week, during which White House staff gave indications of their unwillingness to sign an executive order "at this time." Polis told Roll Call, "Without a Congress that's willing to pass [the Employment NonDiscrimination Act], I wish the president was a little more aggressive to pursue nondiscrimination." Two weeks ago, the Ranking Democrat on the Committee on Education and Workforce, George Miller (D-CA), was among 72 members of Congress to write to President Obama urging him to

sign the LGBT order. In addition, more than 110,000 Americans have signed Freedom to Works online petition to President Obama. ### FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FREEDOM TO WORK, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.freedomtowork.org Freedom to Work is a national organization committed to banning workplace harassment and career discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender Americans through public education, policy analysis and legal work.