An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that sought to undermine an executive order prohibiting LGBT discrimination among federal contractors won't be included in the final bill.

President Barack Obama's 2014 order prohibits contractors doing more than $10,000 a year in business with the federal government from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Freshman Rep. Steve Russell, a Republican from Oklahoma, introduced an amendment that would allow “any religious corporation, religious association, religious educational institution or religious society” doing business with the U.S. government to skirt Obama's requirements.

The Washington Blade quoted an aide as saying during a briefing with reporters that the amendment would not be included in the final version of this year's defense authorization bill, which is expected to reach the House floor for a vote on Friday.

The reason for the omission, however, suggests the “problem” has not be put to rest.

“The Russell amendment was in response to the executive orders,” the aide said. “The NDAA was always an imperfect remedy for that problem. Subsequent to the election, new paths have opened up to address those issues. It's still a very important issue for members and they intend to pursue those other paths.”