Fight Over LGBT Bias Could Stall Defense Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are insisting that negotiators drafting a final defense policy bill leave out a provision that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against workers on the basis of sexual or gender orientation, an issue that could become a major political fight in the post-election “lame-duck” session.

“Our government should have no part in funding discrimination,” reads a letter penned by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and signed by 42 Democrats and independents — enough to filibuster the defense bill if they hold the line. It is being delivered to the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

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