SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14, 2019 – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration announced a proposal to gut protections that prevent federal contractors from discriminating against LGBTQ Americans, women and other minorities:

“The Administration’s license to discriminate is cruel, blatantly bigoted and downright dangerous.  This hateful rule would greenlight open discrimination against tens of millions of Americans in the workplace, using taxpayer dollars to throw into jeopardy their safety, financial security and well-being.

“From Day One, this Administration has tried to inflict a campaign of intolerance against the American people.  Its unceasing attacks on the civil rights and human dignity of the LGBTQ community and on other vulnerable populations profoundly dishonor our values as a nation and undermine the freedoms of all Americans.

“The Democratic House stands with the LGBTQ community in denouncing this offensive attack, and will continue to fight relentlessly until Senator McConnell has passed the Equality Act and sent this life-saving legislation to the President’s desk.

“Bigotry has no place in our nation.”