Late Last Night 43 Repubs Joined Dems To Give Obama Exactly What He Wanted

In a reversal from last week, 43 House Republicans joined Democrats in passing an LGBT measure, thereby putting their stamp of approval on a 2014 Obama executive order.

As reported by Western Journalism, last Thursday an amendment offered by Rep. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y., fell one vote short of passage 212-213, after the Republican leadership held the vote open for several minutes in order, reportedly, to convince a few members to change their vote.

In one of his multiple executive orders regarding LGBT rights, President Obama last spring barred federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers.

The Maloney amendment took out language placed by Republicans in the National Defense Authorization Act granting a religious liberty exception for federal contractors to Obama’s executive order. In other words, if employers have sincerely held religious beliefs regarding LGBT matters, they could not be excluded from obtaining federal contracts.

Democrats, upset at the changed votes by some Republican members last Thursday without following normal practice, began chanting, “Shame! Shame! Shame!”

In that vote, 29 Republicans joined Democrats in seeking to uphold Obama’s LBGT executive order, without the religious liberty exception. Wednesday night, 14 more joined the Democrats, meaning the Maloney amendment passed, 223-195, as part of the Energy & Water Appropriations Bill (see how you member voted here).

Less than 24 hours later, however, the bill to which the Maloney amendment was attached was soundly defeated, 112-305. Only six Democrats supported the Energy & Water Appropriations Bill.

Republicans accused Democrats of playing political games by insisting on the Maloney amendment and then opposing the bill after it was attached.
“This is not about LGBT rights. It’s about shipwrecking the appropriations process,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said after Thursday’s vote.
The Daily Signal’s Ryan T. Anderson noted what constitutes discrimination against LGBT workers appears to be a growing universe. “‘Discrimination’ on the basis of ‘gender identity’ can be something as simple as having a bathroom policy based on biological sex, not gender identity, as we learned last week from Obama’s transgender directives. And ‘discrimination’ on the basis of ‘sexual orientation’ can be something as reasonable as an adoption agency preferring married moms and dads for orphans, than other arrangements,” he writes.

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“Congress should not be ratifying Obama’s radical transgender agenda and imposing these outcomes on private employers just because they contract with the government. All Americans should be free to contract with the government without penalty because of their reasonable beliefs about contentious issues. The federal government should not use government contracting to reshape civil society about controversial issues that have nothing to do with the federal contract at stake,” Anderson adds.
The Democrats cheered the Maloney amendment’s passage, but no Republicans could be heard yelling, “Shame!” at their colleagues who switched their votes.

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