Republicans continue to deny that they’re waging a war against women. If so, how can they explain that Senate Republicans blocked a vote last Wednesday to open debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would hold employers more accountable for wage discrimination against women. The bill would prohibit companies from retaliating against employees who share their salary information with each other, eliminating the culture of silence that keeps women in the dark about pay discrimination. It would also force the Department of Labor to require employers to show that wage differentials between men and women in the same jobs are for a reason other than sex.
Every single Republican voted against it. Every single Democrat, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Independent from Vermont, voted for it. What a surprise! Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said before the vote, “In other words, it’s just another Democratic idea that threatens to hurt the very people that it claims to help.” What? Equal pay for women hurts women?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized McConnell. “Are they so repulsed by equal pay for hardworking women that they’ll obstruct equal pay for equal work?” he asked. “I’m at a loss as to why anyone would decline to debate this important issue.”
If you ask me, all President Obama has to do to have the Republicans support this legislation is to say that he is against it.