On the first day of the new Congress, Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced LGBT+ rights protections for staff. The new set of rules established the new regulations that forbid to discriminate against the lawmaker on the basis of their sexuality and gender identity. The change was championed by out lawmaker David Cicilline, the head of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. The rules package passed by a vote of 234 to 197, broadly along party lines – it was supported by the majority of Democrats and opposed by most Republicans. A statement said: “The Board of Directors of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association praises the provision within the new House rules package that provides sexual orientation and gender identity workplace protections for Congressional staff in the 116th Congress. This historic addition to the House rules will provide crucial job security for LGBTQ staff in the House of Representatives”.