Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) announced Monday that he plans to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), meaning the measure now enjoys sufficient support to clear procedural hurdles in the Senate.

Heller said in a statement Monday that backing the proposal "is the right thing to do" and that his decision came after consultations with a wide range of Nevadans.

"This legislation raises the federal standards to match what we have come to expect in Nevada," Heller said.