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Paycheck Fairness Fails

Paycheck Fairness Fails

It seems 60 is the new 50 still in senate, as the GOP and Nebraska Democratic Senator Ben Nelson blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act.   Included in the senators who filibustered the bill were three female Republican senators.

Via Huffington Post:

Senate Democrats were unable to overcome a Republican filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Tuesday, with the chamber falling two votes short of the 60 needed to end debate and proceed to a vote on the measure that would help combat wage discrimination on the basis of gender.

The vote broke down along party lines with the exception of sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who sided with Republicans and voted against cloture. Not a single member of the GOP broke rank.

Observers closely watched the votes of Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Tex.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), all women senators who voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides basic protections against wage discrimination.

“Senate Republicans had their latest opportunity to do the right thing, work with Democrats to reduce wage inequality for women, and help the American families they support,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in a statement after the vote. “This was a prime opportunity to enact the kind of common-sense, bipartisan solutions to our economic problems that the American people are demanding, but Republicans spurned it.”

Republicans attempted to woo women to vote for them throughout the 2010 campaign cycle using the argument of the “Mama Grizzlies” and a new feminism that went beyond reporductive rights.  Of course, now that the election is over, the party has gone right back to its original contempt for gender equality.

There has been no word on if Senators Snowe, Collins or Bailey Hutchinson are ready to offer to cut their own senatorial pay down to 77 cents on the dollar in solidarity of the vote they just case for the rest of the women of America.

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6:34PM PST on Dec 5, 2010

Agree with you, Madeline. But there's a method to their "moron"- ness. Vote against the people all the time -- Repubs have not been, nor will ever be on the side of labor. Why they keep lulling people (read, Teapartiers) to vote for them, and against their interests is a bafflement to me.

The Repub women should be utterly ashamed of stabbing their sisters, and should be banished from the female sex. Ben Nelson continues to disappoint, and is not a Democrat, who stand for fairness for all people.

12:21AM PST on Nov 25, 2010

Why are such utter morons in charge of human rights?

9:37PM PST on Nov 22, 2010

The poll question ("Should women make the same as men doing the same work?") disingenuously avoids the point of the opposition to this bill. What the opposition was saying is that, based on numerous studies (including one that the Obama administration conveniently removed from the Department of Labor website, but best documented in Dr. Warren Farrell's scholarly book, "Why Men Earn More") women ALREADY make the same as men when they do the same work (with the same hours, the same education, the same experience, etc.).

8:30PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

When generations of women share the same sexual discrimination and salary inequities, civil rights do not exist.

8:10PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

i can't believe even the senators who are women voted against it! What is wrong with them??? Also, some of the comments here are so right. Businesses should just reduce men's paychecks so that they equal the size of women's paychecks. It's not as good as raising women's salaries to men's current salary levels, but this way it would still be fair. And businesses should be happy with it because that would reduce their expenses. But all (or almost all) would have to do it together, or else they'd have to fear their male employees fleeing to companies where men's salaries haven't been reduced.

9:43AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Hartson, that is EXACTLY why those women should have stuck their necks out. They had nothing to lose. Even if they never work another day in their lives, they are set for life. It would have done them no harm to help their fellow women.

7:21AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Of course the paycheck fairness act failed. At least they could have played it smart. If the bill had passed, the greedy corporations could have saved billions of dollars. Instead of raising the pay for women, they could have lowered the pay for men to equal that of women's pay. But, one could hardly expect that kind of creative thinking from these egotistical bastards.

2:58AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

To all the women who voted conservative-enjoy.

11:54PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

Are you surprised? We live in a nation that did not pass the Equal Rights Amendment! The only thing that has changed since then is that we have become more complacent!

8:54PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

Whenever someone 'goes out on a limb', there are repercussions, and the standard DEMANDS that ALL persons of the same type 'come through' in the same manner. No exceptions.
But to NOT give them a chance to prove themselves is reprehensible and irresponsible!

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