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Brownback and Santorum remember their fight against equal pay

Today, failed 2012 Presidential candidate Rick Santorum will join his former Senate colleague Sam Brownback to remember their opposition to equal pay for women.

In 2008, then-Senator Sam Brownback joined his Republican colleagues to kill the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a bill that would make it easier for women to sue their employers for pay discrimination. Even though Brownback was criticized for standing against the bill, he doubled down on his extreme position against pay equality by voting against it again in 2009.

Now, to remind Governor Brownback of his days denying women equal pay for equal work, he’s campaigning with former Senate colleague Rick Santorum.  Santorum once said the Lilly Ledbetter bill was advocated by trial lawyers “so they could make more money,” and had “nothing to do with changing the law with respect to pay for women or rights for women.

But Santorum’s position on women in the workplace goes even further. In his book, It Takes a Family, Santorum criticized families in which both parents work, saying that “In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might confess that both of them really don’t need to.”

So it’s no question why Governor Sam Brownback invited his old buddy Rick Santorum to campaign with him today: to remind himself and Kansas voters that he is a strong opponent of equal pay for women.

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