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There's No War on Women! *Crosses Fingers, Filibusters Paycheck Fairness Act*

Republicans in the Senate on Monday unanimously filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act. Did you see this on the news? Did you hear about it on the radio? Did you read about it in your local paper? There is an election coming – accurate, objective information is essential for voters to make informed decisions. People need to know just how anti-women this new crop of Republicans are.

The Paycheck Fairness Act “amends the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) known as the Equal Pay Act to revise remedies for, enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages.” It “revises the exception to the prohibition for a wage rate differential based on any other factor other than sex. Limits such factors to bona fide factors, such as education, training, or experience.”

To sum up, it would put in place measures to ensure that women will be paid the same as men if they do the same work.

The vote was 52-40 in favor, but it was killed because it was filibustered by Republicans. Among the few outlets that even bothered to report that the bill was before the Senate, few reported that there was a Republican filibuster to kill the effort.

Politico at least reported that there was a vote: “Senate blocks pay equity bill.”

“Senate Republicans rejected a measure written by Senate Democrats aimed at bridging differences in pay between men and women.

The Paycheck Fairness Act fell short 52-40, failing to clear a 60-vote procedural vote hurdle on Monday evening, the third time the measure has failed since spring of 2012.”

So women should be angry at “the Senate”? Because it “failed to clear” a “procedural vote hurdle.”

It gets better. After April’s Republican filibuster of this bill Politico had the headline: “Senate GOP blocks pay equity bill.” This time they took out the very crucial “GOP” from the headline.

The Hill: “Senate GOP blocks Paycheck Fairness Act for the second time” (Actually it was the fourth time. See Feministing: “For the 4th time, Senate Republicans vote against equal pay.”)

MSNBC: “Republicans block Paycheck Fairness Act yet again.”

Talking Points Memo: “Senate Republicans Filibuster Equal Pay For Women Bill.”

Think Progress: “Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill.”

The Huffington Post: “Paycheck Fairness Act Blocked Again By Senate GOP.”

Salon: “GOP blocks Paycheck Fairness Act — but that’s OK because the pay gap just improved by 1 cent!

Except for The Hill, these are by and large “progressive” oriented sites. Would've been nice for one of the big boys like the New York Times or the Washington Post to scratch out a mention.

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