The Democrats' Equal Pay Ploy The shrewd political purpose of the Paycheck Fairness Act
On deck this week was a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act, designed specifically by Democrats as a tool to use against Republicans who vote against it in upcoming elections.
Though the Senate leadership expected the bill to fail, they proceeded to waste taxpayers’ time and money by bringing it to the floor in the hopes of using it as a political weapon to help paint their nonexistent narrative that there is a war on women.
“If Congress passes the Paycheck Fairness Act, women are going to have access to more tools to claim equal pay for equal work,” proclaimed President Obama. “If they don’t — if Congress doesn’t act — then women are still going to have difficulty enforcing and pressing for this basic principle.”
That is hardly true. There are already three more-than-sufficient laws on the books to protect women: the 1963 Equal Pay Act and 1964 Civil Rights Act, both of which prohibit gender-based pay discrimination. In addition, in 2009, Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act to ensure “equal pay for equal work.”
Perhaps a bigger question is this: Does a gender gap in pay even exist?
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