Okay, look, Republicans have somehow erroneously found themselves saddled with a reputation for being opposed to women's rights and actively seeking to push back against previously hard-won civil rights. Who knows how this crazy rumor got started, but it did somehow. Probably a crazy person.
But, hey, look at this. Some legislation passing through the U.S. Senate which would protect women from being discriminated against in their paychecks. Easy easy opportunity to score some political points with the ladies. Seems like a no-brainer.
Better vote against it unanimously…
Democratic legislation meant to fight gender discrimination in the workplace failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate Tuesday on a procedural vote.
In a 52 to 47 tally the Senate defeated the Paycheck Fairness Act. The legislation aimed to increase protections for women filing gender-discrimination lawsuits, as well as create a federal grant program to improve women's salary negotiating skills.
The vote came down strictly along party lines, with the two independent senators voting with Democrats and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) not voting. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) changed his vote so that he could bring the bill up again.
To be completely fair, Republicans have their own version of the bill called the End Pay Discrimination Through Information Act which they are hoping to push through the Senate… um… sometime? One day. Definitely one day! And it'll be a much better piece of legislation. For one thing, it'll have a different name. Also, not written by Democrats. Big plus!
Finally, biggest improvement over the Paycheck Fairness Act: not currently up for a vote. The key to good anti-discrimination legislation is to keep it theoretical for as long as possible.
Tags: Men and Women, Money, Republicans, Senate, Women's Rights