McConnell, Paul Want 'Right to Work' Law on ENDA

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kentucky's GOP senators hope a national "right to work" law can piggyback on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights bill the Senate is likely to take up this week.

The amendment was filed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and backed by Sen. Rand Paul. It's first in line for consideration, assuming the Senate votes as expected Monday evening to move forward with debate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

To be sure, the first amendment filed to legislation on the Senate floor is hardly a guarantee of consideration, but it can carry more weight when the minority leader is the one behind it.

Right-to-work laws at the state level generally prohibit unions and employers from entering into contracts that force all employees join unions at their workplaces.