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Massachusetts representative Barney Frank said the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is on track in the House of Representatives in an interview with DC Agenda Thursday.
Frank said lawmakers were about to come to an agreement on the legislation before bad weather conditions shut down the federal government.
"We were very close just before we snowed out to basically come to an agreement on a bill that would get a majority vote in the Education & Labor Committee," he said.
Frank said some provisions protecting transgender people were hot topics.
"There has always been a problem with the question of people who are transgender in situations where people are totally or partially unclothed," Frank said.
Frank added he's less certain the bill will pass in the Senate.
"I'm less sure about that," he said. "I think people have often underestimated some of the difficulties."