The House GOP just blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was created “To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.” So, when Republicans try to feign a connection with minorities and/or women, remember this when you vote. Every single House Republican voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.
House Democrats used a procedural move to force the GOP to go on record opposing the bill on Thursday.
The Huffington Post reports:
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the sponsor of the equal pay legislation, filed a discharge petition on the bill Thursday morning that would immediately force a vote on it if she could collect 218 signatures. Democrats also put forth a motion on Thursday known as the “Previous Question,” which would have enabled them to put the Paycheck Fairness Act up for a vote, but Republicans killed the effort by a vote of 226 to 192.
Recent Census Bureau data shows that full-time working women make 77 cents for every dollar men make per year. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which DeLauro has introduced in eight consecutive Congresses, would expand the Equal Pay Act to close certain loopholes and allow employees to share salary information with their coworkers. It would also require employers to show that pay disparities between their male and female employees are related to job performance, not gender.
Why would they oppose this bill if they are truly understanding of the plight of the female and minority worker:
Most Republicans oppose the bill, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) said on the House Floor Thursday afternoon that the bill is a “liberal plot” to perpetuate the narrative that Republicans are anti-woman. DeLauro countered that she has yet to hear a reasonable excuse for Republicans to oppose the bill.
So if it’s an evil liberal plot, then pass the damn bill and don’t obstruct it. That doesn’t even make fucking sense. If Republicans did one decent thing for minorities and/or women, it might give them an iota of credibility.
Use your voice and sign this petition please.
Big thanks to an old friend @PinkPackRat.