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posted Friday, April 11 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 15
Senator Patty Murray blasts Republicans for blocking equal pay bill
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Senator Patty Murray blasts Republicans for blocking equal pay bill

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington Senator Patty Murray blasted her Republican colleagues for blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act in a statement released April 9.

The measure was intended to help reduce the wage gap between women and men. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

The measure failed to win a key procedural vote with no Republican Senators voting for it, and will not be brought to the floor for debate.

'This isn't over,' Murray said in her statement. 'Equal pay for equal work is going to remain at the forefront of our agenda in the months ahead and we aren't going to let Republicans off the hook on an issue this important. This won't be the last time they have to go home to their constituents and explain that they don't think this is a worthy issue or something that actually impacts women.

'The truth is that women do care deeply about this lingering injustice. They make up nearly half of our workforce and, more than ever, are likely to be the primary breadwinner in their families. Women are making a difference across our economy, in boardrooms and lecture halls and small businesses. At a time when more and more families rely on women's wages to put food on the table, stay in their homes, build a nest egg for retirement, and help pay for their children's education - it is absolutely critical that we do more to eliminate pay discrimination and unfairness in the workplace. It's time for Republicans to stop discounting women and give them the fair shot they truly deserve.'

The bill would have made it illegal for employers to retaliate against workers who exchange information about wages prior to filing a complaint. It would also make employers liable to civil actions for discrimination in wages. As part of the enforcement mechanism, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would be required to collect pay information from employers.

The measure came to the Senate with 52 co-sponsors, and got 54 votes for the motion to proceed to a debate, short of the 60 votes needed under Senate rules. Democratic Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid later changed his vote to 'No' to preserve his right to reintroduce the bill.

The bill's prime sponsor, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), responded to the setback with an angry speech on the Senate floor.

'Now I'll tell you what I'm tired of hearing, that somehow or another we're too emotional when we talk,' Mikulski said. 'You know, when we raise an issue, we're too emotional. Well, I am emotional.

'I am so emotional about this. I am telling you, if we don't pass this bill, I'm so emotional, I'm going to press on,' she continued. 'It brings tears to my eyes to know how women every single day are working so hard and are getting paid less. It makes me emotional to hear that. Then when I hear all of these phony reasons - some are mean and some are meaningless - I do get emotional. I get angry, I get outraged, I get volcanic.'

The Senate's two Independent members split on the issue. Senator Angus King of Maine voted with Republicans to block the bill, and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont voted with Democrats to move it forward.

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