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Paycheck Fairness Act Squeezes Republicans

The legislation, spearheaded by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), aims to build on the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by protecting women from retaliation if they sue for equal pay. It would also narrow the criteria under which an employer can defend pay disparities and enlist the Department of Labor to help eliminate gender-based pay gaps. Beneath the effort is an ongoing debate as to why, as Census data shows, women earn 77 cents for every dollar men make. [TPM]

AGAINST LEDBETTER, will Republicans and conservatives continue to stand against women on pay equity?

On the politics of it, Democrats certainly hope so, because it would further solidify the right’s war against women, this time on the economic front.

Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act bill in November 2010, siding with corporations against women.

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4 Responses to Paycheck Fairness Act Squeezes Republicans

  1. PWT May 24, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Do what we say, not what we do:

    “A group of Democratic female senators on Wednesday declared war on the so-called “gender pay gap,” urging their colleagues to pass the aptly named Paycheck Fairness Act when Congress returns from recess next month. However, a substantial gender pay gap exists in their own offices, a Washington Free Beacon analysis of Senate salary data reveals.

    Of the five senators who participated in Wednesday’s press conference–Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), Patty Murray (D., Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.)–three pay their female staff members significantly less than male staffers.”

  2. newdealdem1 May 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Give me a break. Source baby, source! The Washington Free Beacon is an arm of the the Weekly Standard and edited by the constipated partisan hack Matthew Continetti. My confidence in the veracity and reliability of that report is as high as my reliability in this team

    Until I see a report done by a reliable and independent group and not some partisan hack outfit with a determined agenda and record of not supporting equal pay for equal work, then you will have my attention.

    • PWT May 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Or, you could just hop over to, look at the data and refute it yourself. The ‘shoot the messenger’ response in a debate is tiresome.

  3. newdealdem1 May 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    You’re not just a messenger, you’re a true believer, PWT. Lets not be coy. :lol:

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