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Fri May 20, 2016, 08:59 AM

House votes to overturn Obama LGBT protection executive order in defense spending bill

Source: New York Times

House Passes $81 Billion Measure for Veterans and Military Construction

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN MAY 19, 2016

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved an $81.6 billion spending measure for veterans affairs and military construction programs after hours of contentious floor debate that at times focused on cultural disputes, including efforts to restrict the flying of the Confederate flag and a bitter split over workplace protections for gays and lesbians employed by federal contractors.

Those disputes showed once again that the societal fissures that divide Republicans and Democrats are never far below the surface of any debate in Congress, even over a relatively routine spending measure.

The debate over workplace protections had spilled over from Wednesday night when Republicans inserted an amendment to the annual military policy bill that would overturn an executive order by President Obama banning federal government contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation.

The bill, which was considered must-pass legislation, passed along with the amendment by a vote of 277 to 147.

During floor debate on the spending measure on Thursday, some Democrats pushed back. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, Democrat of New York, turned to Representative Pete Sessions, Republican of Texas, and asked: “Is it necessary to discriminate against gays and lesbians to support our military?”

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 20, 2016, 09:09 AM

1. $81.6 billion spending measure for veterans affairs and military construction programs

Fewer Kids Could Receive Free School Meals Under House Bill

but no $ for poor kids to eat

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141455441

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Republicans are still fighting wars that they lost.

"WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved an $81.6 billion spending measure for veterans affairs and military construction programs after hours of contentious floor debate that at times focused on cultural disputes, including efforts to restrict the flying of the Confederate flag and a bitter split over workplace protections for gays and lesbians employed by federal contractors."

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 20, 2016, 09:15 AM

2. Well obviously the LGBT

community pose such a threat to those li'l ole GOPers that it surely is the right fund to use against them. (snark)

This is ludicrous. I keep thinking the GOP have hit bottom in their malevolence, but they keep digging deeper and deeper with their maliciousness.

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Response to Boldine (Reply #2)

Sat May 21, 2016, 02:21 PM

3. The weird part about half the midwest

Actually thinks this bullshit is benevolent and gets them the nod from Jeebus. Some of my own family back there state right wing "righteous" things that leave me dumbfoundedly astouded

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Response to nightscanner59 (Reply #3)

Sat May 21, 2016, 02:39 PM

4. You have my sympathy..........

I get it at work, but luckily my family are much more open and accepting.

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