U.S. Senate to markup DP bill
Posted on 11 December 2009 by Chris Johnson
A Senate committee has set Wednesday as the day it will mark up
legislation that would provide benefits to the same-sex partners of
federal employees, DC Agenda has learned.
The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee will
consider the bill — known as the Domestic Partnership Benefits &
Obligations Act — during a business meeting starting at 10 am. Dec.
16. The markup will occur in Room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office
The panel will consider amendments to the legislation before voting on
whether to report out the bill to the Senate floor.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), who chairs the committee, is the
sponsor of the legislation. It currently has 26 co-sponsors.
On the House side, the Oversight & Government Relations Committee
reported out its version of the bill last month, 23-12. Lesbian Rep.
Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) is the sponsor of the bill, which has 138 co-
sponsors. A time for a floor vote has not yet been announced.