Connecticut responds to The Paycheck Fairness Act blockage

In advancing their war on women, today Senate Republicans (a.k.a the Party of NO) blocked a vote on the The Paycheck Fairness Act.

TPM:

The Senate went back to the future on Tuesday.

Republicans filibustered Democratic-led legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between women and men. The measure would beef up protections for women who sue employers for gender-based wage discrimination or discuss pay with their co-workers - and the GOP blocked it just as it did in late 2010 when the Paycheck Fairness Act last came up.

The cloture motion went down 52-47 - short of the 60 votes needed to proceed.

Response to this nonsense is trickling in...

"Rep. DeLauro: GOP Pundits Misrepresenting Pay Inequality" (via Talk Radio News Service)

During a conference call with Americans United for Change Monday, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) charged that GOP pundits are inaccurately denying the existence of wage inequality.

During a conference call with Americans United for Change Monday, Rep. Rosa DeLauro charged that Republicans have consistently ignored matters that affect women economically.

Teresa C. Younger, Executive Director for the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women:

"Although we are not surprised, it is extremely disappointing that the U.S. Senate once again promulgated gender discrimination by not even bringing the Paycheck Fairness Act to a cloture vote needed for debate. It's unthinkable that any branch of government claiming to be representative fails utterly to represent half its population. In refusing to pass this legislation, the Senate has said, in effect, that a woman is worth only two-thirds of what a man is worth.

"We in Connecticut, however, can be proud of our own Washington delegation, and we commend both Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, for their "yes" votes. Together with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the state's only female representative, who has shown exceptional leadership and advocacy for this cause, Connecticut's delegation leads the way in voting for enlightened public policy in a time when so many are determined to roll back progress in gender equity."

Elizabeth Esty, Democratic Congressional candidate, 5th District:

"I was deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans chose to block the Paycheck Fairness Act earlier today. This is a commonsense bill that should have attracted bipartisan support, and today's failure is a reminder of how broken Washington has become. The truth is that despite the progress that has been made over the years, women's pay still lags behind men by a considerable margin. Women still only make 77 cents for every dollar that men make. But pay equity is not just about fairness. It affects children across America when women are paid less for comparable work. Many families depend on the wages of women, and fair wages become even more critical for children living in single-mother households. In Congress, I will work to advance the progress established by the Lilly Ledbetter Act, and I will always stand up for fair pay for all people and all families."

In the form of a campaign fundraiser appeal, Susan Byweiwicz stated the following:

Over the last year, I've sat down with voters in every town and city of Connecticut. And no matter what part of the state it is that I'm visiting, I hear the same thing: it's getting harder and harder just to get by in this economy.

That's why the Senate's failure to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act today is truly a disservice to American families.

It may be 2012, but women are still earning only 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes. And in a country where women are the primary breadwinners in approximately 40 percent of households, losing 23 cents for every dollar earned makes a real difference in a family's ability to provide.

In fact, the National Women's Law Center has reported that closing the wage gap would provide the average full-time working woman's family enough money to pay for an additional four months of groceries, five months of childcare, three months of rent and utilities, five months of health insurance premiums, four months of student loan payments and five tanks of gas.

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This afternoon, the Senate had the opportunity to pass legislation that would have given women the tools to claim equal pay for equal work. But partisan politics once again got in the way of Congress passing a bill that would have recognized the value of women's work and made life easier for many families.

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After so many years of fighting to level the playing field, it's easy to think of equality as an abstract principle that has no real effect on our day-to-day lives. But the Paycheck Fairness Act is just one example of how advocating for the rights of women can make the difference between a family putting dinner on the table each night or putting the children to bed hungry.  

I hope that you will stand with me as we continue to work toward equality of rights and opportunities for all.

I sent the following request to our Congressional delegation and Senator Blumenthal via Twitter.

@jahimes @ChrisMurphyCT @RepJohnLarson @SenBlumenthal @RepJoeCourtney Opinion re: Sen GOP blockage of Paycheck Fairness Act?ctblogger via TweetDeck

Congressman Jim Himes is the first to respond:

@ctblogger @chrismurphyct @repjohnlarson @senblumenthal @repjoecourtney Senate blockage was shameful and anti-woman.jahimes via Twitter for iPhone


 

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