Rep. Maloney to continue push for LGBT anti-discrimination bill
Shouting broke out on the House floor last week after an amendment brought forward by a Hudson Valley congressman was defeated at the last minute.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, would have prohibited using taxpayer dollars to violate President Barack Obama's executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. In the end, several Republicans switched their yay votes to nays, sending the bill to defeat by one vote.
"The No. 1 thing we shouldn't do is we shouldn't allow discrimination against Americans because of who they are. It's wrong and that's the effort I lead," said Maloney in Newburgh on Monday.
The congressman, who is openly gay himself, said while his amendment was defeated, he's not giving up.