Senate Republicans on Tuesday used the filibuster to block a democratic bill that would address the “wage gap” that allegedly exists between men and women.
The Paycheck Fairness Act, which faced significant opposition, failed by a 49-50 vote, which did not require the 60-vote threshold to overcome the filibuster. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.) missed the vote.
The account, according to his text, would “provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex” and would “amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex , and for other purposes. ”
The measure was passed in April along mostly biased lines in the House, with all Democrats supporting it. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania was the only Republican to vote in favor of the measure.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Said the bill and several other democratic aids were “transparently designed to fail.”
‘Senate Democrats plan to focus this month on the demands of their radical base, and exploit the cause of fair equity to send a windfall to trial lawyers, ward hospitals, schools and small businesses with crippling new legal burdens if they do not wake up do not keep up. social norms, ”McConnell said.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said congressmen had been “talking about the wage gap for years without the Senate acting. Women with the same job, the same degree, sometimes even better grades than “their male colleagues, earn less money. For women of color, the gap between them and their male colleagues is even greater.”
And Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) called on the upper house of Congress to accept the criterion: ‘Women are the sole or co-breadwinner in more than half of all American families. By reducing the gender pay gap, we can help reduce the poverty rate for working women by half. ”
However, critics of the allegations about the “wage gap” have long said it is a myth.
“Anecdotal evidence and the choices women and men make suggest that women value job choices more than men and that their preference for greater flexibility is responsible for some, if not all, of the remaining pay gap between men and women,” the conservatives said. Heritage Foundation brainstorming, adding that the long-held notion that women earn only 82 cents for every dollar a man earns is false and ‘outdated’.
“Choice is what will drive legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act,” he added. “Equal pay for equal work is already the law of the land. Implementing further policies in an effort to eliminate pay differences that have little or nothing to do with discrimination can actually backfire. ‘
According to a study released (pdf) by Harvard researchers in 2018, the difference in male and female earnings was derived from the choices women made. They assessed the wages of male and female employees at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
“The $ 0.89 gap in our environment,” the authors wrote, “can be fully explained by the fact that women and men make different choices while having the same choices in the workplace.”