Not if the swells can avoid it: Yesterday, the GOP filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Unless you read the New York Times, where Jennifer Steinhauer went to heroic lengths to avoid using the F-word.
Maybe it’s editorial policy. But how many people know what kind of “procedural hurdle” Steinhauer is talking about in this news report:
STEINHAUER (6/6/12): A bill that would pave the way for women to more easily litigate their way to pay equality failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday as Republicans united against the measure for the second time in two years.A majority supports the bill in the Senate, but the bill was filibustered. How many readers understand either fact from reading this murky report?
As Lilly M. Ledbetter, the woman whose name was attached to a 2009 law that ensured equal pay for women, watched from the gallery, the Senate voted, 52 to 47, to open debate on the legislation, 8 votes short of the 60 required.
“It’s a very sad day here in the United States Senate,” Senator Barbara Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, said after the vote.
The bill would have built on the 2009 Ledbetter legislation, which adjusted the statute of limitations on equal pay lawsuits. Tuesday’s bill sought to bar companies from retaliating against workers who inquire about pay disparities and open pathways for female employees to sue for punitive damages in cases of paycheck discrimination. In 2010, the same bill failed a procedural vote in the Senate when no Republican supported it.
That said, deception is everywhere concerning this bill. On Monday night, Al Sharpton was discussing the problem which lies behind this measure.
Here is the transcript of Sharpton’s remarks. This helps explain why many liberals are misinformed about this facts behind the Payment Fairness Act, from Rachel Maddow on down:
SHARPTON (6/4/12): Welcome back to Politics Nation.From that presentation, anyone would think that women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same or equal work. Anyone would think that the “77 cents on the dollar” figure is a measure of discrimination.
We all agree that women and men doing the same job should get paid the same wage, right? Wrong. It’s the latest chapter in the GOP war on women.
Here is a fact. A woman today makes 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, 77 cents. And it’s true for practically every single occupation out there, a driver, a manager, a janitor, a sales person. If you’re a woman you’re making less than a man. Same thing if you’re a cook, a CEO, a security guard, or a police officer. Men make more.
Right now, the only thing protecting women from this discrimination is the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which the president signed within days of taking office. Almost every Republican voted against it. And tomorrow, they are doubling down. The Senate votes on the Paycheck Fairness Act. It would hold companies actable for pay gaps between men and women. Allow more time for women to sue for pay disparity. It stops companies from retaliating against employers who share salary information, and it will offer training to women on how to negotiate a fair salary.
The bill is expected to fail, but the president is speaking loud and clear. Here is how he put it today:
OBAMA (videotape): Women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns over the course of her career. A woman with a college degree will earn hundreds of thousands of dollars less than a man who is doing the same work. So, at a time when we’re in a make or break moment for the middle class, Congress has to step up and do its job.
SHARPTON: Equal pay for equal work. Who could be against that?
In fact, no one actually makes that claim, except folk who are misinformed or who are trying to play you. Back in April, this led to that pitiful flap involving Rachel Maddow and Alex Castellanos.
Maddow bungled this matter on Meet the Press, then refused to correct herself on her eponymous program. In fact, Maddow furthered the inaccurate notion that “77 cents on the dollar” is a measure of discrimination—a measure of what women get paid for doing the same work. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 5/7/12, with links to a prior report.
Welcome to the clownish world of modern American discourse! The paycheck bill met a “procedural hurdle.” And “77 cents on the dollar” is a measure of discrimination!
Does anyone ever know anything here? Not if the swells can avoid it!