Federal partner benefits bill headed to full Senate

Posted on 16 Dec 2009 at 2:18pm

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today voted 8-1 to send to the full Senate a measure that would give benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of federal employees.

The Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations Act was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an Independent from Connecticut, and Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican. Lieberman is also chair of the HSGA Committee.

The House version of the bill is sponsored by  Reps. Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican.

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