The Senate and ENDA – a study in Congressional dysfunction

The Senate voted to pass ENDA in November, a Bill that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace across the USA (currently only outlawed in 21 states…a good example for Federalism and big government?).

However, despite having 193 sponsors in the House, John Boehner has no plans to let it come to a vote on the floor (power of the Speaker!). A great example therefore of partisanship (think about why a Republican House might be against this, both in terms of the federal effect and the socially conservative elements of the party) and the problems of gridlock between the two Houses rather than the traditional gridlock between three branches.

A cracking example all-round!