Republicans Block the Paycheck Fairness Act…Again

Sep 17, 2014 at 5:59 am |

ors speaking after a vote on the Paycheck fairness Act

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Monday, Senate Republicans voted ‘no‘ on the Paycheck Fairness Act for a fourth time, blocking the bill which came up short of the 60 votes needed to pass (52-40).

The Census Bureau reports that women make 78¢ for every $1 that men earn in the same job. The Paycheck Fairness Act is designed to be a remedy for the sizable gender pay gap. The bill also offers training for salary negotiations, increased legal options for pay disparity, prohibits retaliation for employees seeking salary information, narrows job descriptions creating roles that are not gender specific, and penalizes companies that have a gender gap in job positions where there should not be one.

The egalitarian bill has been drawn up by Senate Democrats and backed by President Obama, which comes to no surprise that Senate Republicans have consistently voted against the legislation. Republicans claim that if enacted the new law has the potential to create a myriad of lawsuits for corporations and companies, and that women are already protected.

It has also been proposed by Republicans that the Democrats tried to pass the bill again just before midterm elections, knowing that Republicans would shoot it down. Thus, craftily giving the Democrats ammo for campaign season. Ah, politics! A game that must be played at the expense of someone else’s livelihood.

While this may be a political ploy strategized from the left, the Paycheck Fairness Act seems to be far from unfair. Gender parity is not only a literal representation that women are valued in our society just as much as men, but it is also a step toward true gender equality.

Midterm elections are November 4th.

Why did Senate Republicans vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act? Read here to find out!