Senate Republicans block pay equity bill
June 5th, 2012
06:16 PM ET
9 years ago

Senate Republicans block pay equity bill

(CNN) - An election-year Democratic measure designed to ensure that women don't face pay discrimination was blocked Tuesday by Republicans who complained that the bill was politically inspired and would reward trial lawyers at the expense of employers.

The motion, which needed 60 votes to succeed, got only 52, not one from a Republican.


Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • Senate
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. rs

    Yeah, no "war on women" here. The GOP (and Mr. Romney) CLAIM to be for salary equality, but when given a chance, the "Party of No" blocks another bill- one that would make it more certain that women would earn salaries at the same rate as men for doing the same job.

    Perhaps we can talk the GOP into trying out their out-dated and "yesteryear" out looks someplace else. Say, Afghanistan.

    June 5, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. PJ/TX

    Republicans "complained .... it would reward trial lawyers".
    In other words, if companies don't want to pay women the same salary for doing the same job as men, well then,
    we can't let the women sue their little patooties, now, can we. Real courageous of the Republicans, just like
    your new "leader". Romney still has not said if he is for or against this bill. Still waiting on "we'll get back to you"

    June 5, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. mcskadittle

    what is worse for the republicans having obama sign this bill into law or angering women by blocking the bill

    June 5, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Yep, there you have it, folks, the Repubs once again doing what they do best: blocking anything and everything President Obama and the Democrats are trying to do for our country.

    So my question is this: Why would a foreign entity bother to bomb us when the Repubs are so desperately trying to destroy us from within?

    June 5, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    The motion, which needed 60 votes to succeed, got only 52, not one from a Republican.

    Typical. Let's play politics instead of helping the American people. Take note people – can the country continue down this path?

    June 5, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    I'm a woman and as a small business owner, equal pay for women is a priority, however, numerous times women do not get equal pay because of their performance based on women being absent more often than men, leaving work early more often than men, not completing their work on a timely manner, women talk more at work thus they are slower. Unfortunately, men are more reliable at work than most women.

    June 5, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Cindy

    Why would the employers have any problems if they paid women the same wages as men. The republicans are so afraid to do anything for the people for fear that it will make Obama look good. What a joke. If this does not tell you something, then there is no hope for you.

    June 5, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. king

    what is this so surprising, the repubs think they can do anything without retribution, because they have the obama haters to depend on, and the gullibles. all they have to do is stir up some insignificant crap and blame it on the president. theyve been doing it for the past 3 years and it seems to work every time. and you wonder why they acts like brats so much

    June 5, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Wingnuts need to find out that women are people too.

    June 5, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. cali girl

    Of course they did, it was not the party of No's idea.

    June 5, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. Slightly Left of Center

    The bill "would put a tremendous burden on employers through lawsuits, class-action lawsuits."

    So they admit that employers have put themselves in a position to be sued? If employers operate fairly, they won't have to worry about lawsuits.

    June 5, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    Glad I am not a woman, in the new GOP "Amercia".

    June 5, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    Way to go Grand Obstructionist Party !! Yet another nail if the GOP coffin on Women's rights. How can ANY woman vote for these people !!

    June 5, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. maf

    What a surprise!! Gridlock continues regardless of how good the intent is! The GOP continues to paint themselves into a very tight corner. Nowhere to turn and no doors or windows to escape from. There is still time for the party to completely implode. Hope that happens before the world markets turn on the speculation of another deep US recession. If the Republicans are successful in making President Obama a one term president, the resulting economy may prove to be too far gone to restore.

    June 5, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Sydnium S. Washington

    Boo ya, Dems! Well, what more should they block for?

    June 5, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. ClemVinson

    unbelievable... the GOP simply does not desire equal pay or equal rights for women. Female voters in this country please take notice. You are under systematic legistlative attack by big business and special interests. The whipping boys of the GOP are their lackeys, and they just don't give a hoot about anyone but their big money masters. Companies that practice pay discrimination should be sued, heavily.... I don't care if it provides a windfall for trial lawyers or not, right is right and fair is fair. This my female friends is neither right nor fair.

    June 5, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. T'sah from Virginia

    ►...the bill was politically inspired and would reward trial lawyers at the expense of employers. ◄
    But ONLY IF employers don't abide by the rule – Why wouldn't they – they can hire a woman to do the same job a man could and then in reality, The WON'T have to hire the man – Therefore, they would give the woman the money she deserves... AMEN!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    June 5, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. enuff

    This congress is a joke. They not only do not have a plan FOR jobs, they don't want to help those who have a job. Single mother's are the largest group in poverty. Whatever you do – don't give them a fighting chance because you don't want to be "political".

    June 5, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Squigman

    This is news? No one would have bet that the republicans, were going to vote otherwise. Republicans, are never going to do the right thing, unless faced with expulsion from office. If threatened with unemployment they tend to do whats proper. When left to their own lack of conscience, they tend to get greedy.

    June 5, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Tired of republican lies

    Figures...they don't care about anyone but themselves and the 1%....

    June 5, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    The Democrats should run an "in Your Face" commercial featyring this vote and name NAMES of the senators that opposed it.

    It should start with a narration that say " If you are a woman, and you voted Republican, you ARE NOT voting in your own self interests". Nationwide Repuplicans, including Mitt Romney don`t think you are the equal of men."

    I wouldn`t pull any punches. Then I`d target Republican senatos seeking re-election in 2012 and list their names so every woman in their state would think twice about voting for them.

    Take the gloves off guys!

    June 5, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Tony in Maine

    So much for Maine's "moderate" female senators being the voice of women in the Senate.

    Both Snowe and Collins have repeatedly demonstrated that they will ask, "How high?" when McConnell tells them to jump.

    June 5, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. Ann

    So this is how the GOP treats women?

    June 5, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. That other guy

    You know what we need?
    Publicly funded elections.
    Outlaw all lobbying.
    No more fillibuster.
    No more electoral college.
    That would bring us a little closer to government by the people.

    June 5, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. fernace

    Because it's so much more important to guard against a hypothetical threat than to let women have equal earning power! Easy to see which side of the agenda the GOTP supports & it's Not the American worker!!

    June 5, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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