Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asserts that the Paycheck Fairness Act “was going to be helpful to trial lawyers.” I developed a small headache as I tried to unravel the web of contradiction while she spoke about how pro-women’s equality the Republicans were while at the same time lamenting that she has dealt with said inequality repeatedly.
Monday afternoon I received an email from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) in response to me asking him to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Here is what it said:
Dear Ms. Sheppard,
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199). I understand this is an important issue, and I appreciate hearing your thoughts. This legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on April 1, 2014 and is intended to amend a portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 known as the Equal Pay Act.
Under the Equal Pay Act, once employees have provided evidence of discrimination in compensation based on sex, the employer must prove that the difference in wages is a result of “any other factor than sex.” The Paycheck Fairness Act seeks to eliminate the “any other factor than sex” defense and replace it with “bona fide factor other than sex.” The Paycheck Fairness Act would also remove the Equal Pay Act’s limits on punitive and compensatory damages in cases of sex discrimination in compensation, in addition to facilitating class-action lawsuits in such cases.
Under the Paycheck Fairness Act, government and the courts would essentially dictate business practices to employers in areas which the courts have no business expertise. The Paycheck Fairness Act would provide millions of dollars for trial lawyers who initiate class-action suits, while bankrupting businesses throughout our country. This legislation would mean fewer jobs for Americans as a result of heightened legal risks for small business owners and a reduction in business competitiveness, and for this reason, I do not support the Paycheck Fairness Act. I voted against the motion to proceed to the Paycheck Fairness Act in the 113thCongress on April 9, 2014.
Again, thank you for contacting me about this issue. I look forward to any thoughts or input you wish to share in the future.
United States Senator
Senate Whiney Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said prior to the vote, “At a time when the Obama economy is already hurting women so much, this legislation would double down on job loss, all while lining the pockets of trial lawyers. In other words, it’s just another Democratic idea that threatens to hurt the very people that it claims to help.”
And this is nothing. As I was researching this article, I found myself getting more and more pissed.
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) claimed the measure was “condescending” because women have gotten to where they are in the workforce on “merit, not because the government mandated it.”
Ok, Lynn – can I call you Lynn? So you think it is okay for women to make an average of 77 cents for every dollar a man makes (according to U.S. Census Bureau data) doing the same job because we fought our way to that point and we don’t want any of your pussy handouts? And, by God, if we can’t fight our way to equality then we don’t deserve it? ‘Cause that kinda sounds like what you’re saying.
Meanwhile charming-as-jock-itch Eric Cantor (R-VA) pointed fingers at the White House saying that there are reports of women who work in the White House earning 88 cents for every dollar a man makes. Sigh, I know math is hard for Republicans, but that happens to be more than the average. But, the school yard taunt is pitiful at best. So (pointing a finger) you’re not doing anything about it, why should we? I weep for this country.
Oh, what was Cantor’s solution, you ask? So glad you did! He suggested repealing part of Obamacare and passing a GOP sponsored bill that would raise the definition of full-time to 40 hours instead of 30. How is this supposed to help? Oh, right, math impaired.
The only sanity came from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) when he said, “I’m at a loss as to why anyone would decline to debate this important issue.”