Federal partner benefits bill headed to full Senate

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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Federal DP bill set for consideration in Senate

D.C. Agenda — the new Washington, D.C. LGBT newspaper — reports today that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will consider a bill to provide domestic partner benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees next Wednesday morning, Dec. 16.

The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act is sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connectict independent who also chairs the committee that will consider amendments to the measure before voting on whether to send it to the Senate floor.

In the House, the Oversight and Government Relations Committee voted 23-12 last month to send its version of the DP bill to the floor for a vote, the D.C. Agenda notes. That bill is sponsored by lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwin and has 138 co-sponsors.

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