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  • Congressman Poliquin secretly reversed his vote- reversing his position on discrimination

    US Capitol on Pres. Obama's second Inageration. photo by Ramona du Houx

    ON May 20, 2016, Congressman Poliquin reversed his vote on an amendment to stop federal money from going to defense contractors who discriminate against gays and lesbians. Congressman Poliquin was the deciding vote on this key measure.

     “Congressman Poliquin apparently has no moral compass on the issue of discrimination. He voted 'yes' last year and 'no' yesterday. But what’s truly disappointing is that Congressman Poliquin didn’t come clean with voters, but instead reversed himself in secret as part of a backroom deal with Republican leadership,” said Emily Cain. 

    Last year, Congressman Poliquin voted “yes” on another amendment that “prohibits use of funds by Federal contractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity” – exactly what he voted against yesterday.

    Congressman Poliquin changed his vote yesterday just hours after raking in thousands of dollars at a Washington D.C. fundraiser with Republican Speaker Paul Ryan, Congressman

    Supporting discriminatory laws harms our society and our economy. North Carolina’s discriminatory law this year was predicted to cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs.