Rep. Maloney Denounces House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Hearing on Anti-LGBT Bill

Jul 12, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub, an LGBT establishment in Orlando, FL, House Republicans held a hearing on H.R. 2802: First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). This bill bars the federal government from prohibiting discrimination against LGBT individuals, single mothers and unmarried couples. In response to this hearing, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement:

“Today’s hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act is a slap in the face to the entire LGBT community and all those who lost loved ones one month ago in the Pulse Nightclub shooting. I am appalled, but sadly not surprised, that anti-LGBT legislation continues to be given a platform in Congress.

“On this anniversary, rather than holding a hearing for a bill that would allow certain people and corporations to discriminate against LGBT individuals without penalty, we should be doubling down on our efforts to show the LGBT community nationwide that we stand with them and that Congress will do our best to protect and support them.

“The bill allows for the targeting of couples in same sex marriages, single mothers and unmarried couples in the form of denial of social services, some medical treatment and Family and Medical Leave Act benefits. These discriminatory measures have no place in the U.S. Congress.”