The President and Democrats have been clear that equal pay is a top priority and the fact that women make only 78 cents to the dollar is not only wrong, it’s harmful to our economy. As the party of inclusion, empowerment, and equal opportunity, Democrats continue to fight for equal compensation for women. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill President Obama signed into law, and Democrats continue to fight for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act that will help close the wage gap.
But here’s where Republicans stand:
- Jeb Bush stated that he did not know what the Paycheck Fairness Act was when he was asked about it.
- Chris Christie vetoed equal pay legislation calling it “senseless bureaucracy.”
- Rick Perry vetoed an equal pay law and said focusing on the issue was “nonsense.”
- Scott Walker repealed an equal pay law saying it was a “bogus issue.”
- Marco Rubio said the Paycheck Fairness Act was about “scoring political points,” “wasting time,” and a “show vote.”
- Rand Paul compared the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Soviet Politburo.
“It’s not surprising that these GOP presidential hopefuls oppose equal pay – they’re standing by their backwards political agenda. On issue after issue, Democrats are pursuing progress, while Republicans want to turn back the clock for women and families.” –Holly Shulman, DNC national press secretary