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Compromise on defense spending bill removes anti-LGBT language

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer A compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), without controversial language that would have eliminated protections for LGBT employees, will soon go to a vote in Congress. The NDAA authorizes $618.7 billion in military spending and is considered ‘must pass’ legislation. Senior Congressional staff members told reporters on November 29 that Democrats and Republicans had reached agreement on final language that preserves LGBT protections put in place by the Obama administration. In 2014 President Obama signed an executive order adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories for companies that do business with the federal government. Since all major US companies get federal contracts, the order gave federal protection to millions of LGBT employees. Republican Rep. Steve Russell attached an amendment to the NDAA that would have

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