Senate Republicans Block Equal Pay Bill
Democrats hope to score points in November
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 5, 2012 5:59 PM CDT
In this May 22 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Senate Republicans today blocked a Democratic bill calling for equal pay in the workplace. As expected, the bill failed along party lines, 52-47, short of the required 60-vote threshold. But for majority Democrats, passage wasn't the point. The debate itself was aimed at putting Republicans on the defensive on another women's issue, this one overtly economic after a government report showing slower-than-expected job growth. "It is incredibly disappointing that in this make-or-break moment for the middle class, Senate Republicans put partisan politics ahead of American women and their families," President Obama said in a statement after the vote.

Unlike past taunts over access to contraception and abortion, Republicans this time didn't take the bait. In Fort Worth, Texas, Mitt Romney focused instead on unemployment among Hispanics. "Of course Gov. Romney supports pay equity for women," says a Romney spokeswoman. "In order to have pay equity, women need to have jobs, and they have been getting crushed in this anemic Obama economy." Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell argued that the bill would just increase lawsuits against employers. "We got a lot of problems. Not enough lawsuits is not one of them."

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cantsufferfools
Jun 6, 2012 10:05 AM CDT
Those Democrats pointing out and accusing us of doing exactly what we're doing. How dare they?
Mr_Joshua
Jun 6, 2012 5:40 AM CDT
"Of course Gov. Romney supports pay equity for women," says a Romney spokeswoman. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell argued that the bill would just increase lawsuits against employers. "We got a lot of problems. Not enough lawsuits is not one of them." Lame excuse indeed. In the first place, the lawsuits are being fought to bring equality and justice. To use this lame-ass comment as an excuse is saying that those lawsuits are not valid in the first place. It's like if you add it all up, the two phrases balance each out and you are left with 0. And you can call me..................Mr Joshua
Tology
Jun 6, 2012 4:03 AM CDT
To Senate Republicans most of America is considered second class citizens, women are considered even lower than that. What I can't figure out is why women vote for Republicans.