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December 22, 2014

Republicans: Democrats Using Women as Pawns in Pay Debate

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With the Senate poised to act this week on the gender pay gap, Republicans pushed back again Tuesday against the notion the GOP is waging a “war on women,” with GOP leaders accusing Democrats of using women as “pawns” to score political points.

Republican leaders wouldn’t say at their Tuesday morning news conference whether they’d bring their own legislative solution to the floor, focusing instead on rebutting Democrats’ “Equal Pay Day” criticisms that the GOP is anti-woman. 

“Women understand the direct impact of the policies and the impact that they have on them, so on this Equal Pay Day, I would urge us to stop politicizing women and let’s start focusing on those policies that are actually going to help women and everyone else in this country have a better life,” said House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. “Let’s focus on those policies that are actually going to move forward on a jobs plan that will create a higher paycheck, [and] more opportunities … for a better life we all want.”

“Many ladies that I know feel they are being used as pawns, and find it condescending that Democrats are trying to use this issue as a political distraction from the barriers of their economic policies,” added Conference Vice Chairwoman Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan.

House Republicans have indicated they won’t take up the Senate’s “Paycheck Fairness Act,” but not, they say, because they don’t support its goals.

“Republicans support equal pay for equal work,” Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., reiterated to reporters on Tuesday.

“I’ve seen the news this morning. It seems the White House is having a little problem on this themselves,” Cantor went on, taking a jab at the president over recent revelations that female staffers in the Obama administration make on average 88 cents for every dollar earned by male counterparts. “You know, I think it demonstrates once again, it’s probably better for us to sit down and see that the law is being properly implemented rather than play politics with it.”

Cantor also said that House Republicans have a legislative record to show that they care about helping women succeed in the workplace. It’s the Senate Democrats, they argue, who are actually obstructing opportunities for women by refusing to take up a number of bills the House GOP has passed, most recently legislation to redefine a full-time workweek as one with 40 hours instead of 30.

“If the Senate Democrats would pick [it] up, we could help women right now,” Cantor fired back. “There are things we can do to help women in the workplace.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican National Committee sent out a joint statement on Tuesday morning with their own line of attack.

“The ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ doesn’t provide paycheck fairness for women,” the statement reads. “In fact, it will cut out flexibility in the workplace for working moms and end merit pay that rewards good work — the very things that are important to us.”

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., thinks the GOP rhetoric won’t work: “If this Republican Congress continues to block paycheck fairness, they will pay the price in November.”

  • Brenda Huddleston

    If either party had been serious about this issue, it would have been fixed years ago. Didn’t we just hear that women working in the White House earn $.80 for every $1.00 a man earns. After all these years of talking about this issue, how does this still happen?

    • Will

      It was fixed years ago. The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963. Do some research

      • Brenda Huddleston

        If it was fixed, why is there still an issue being discussed?

        • Will

          Because Democrats, as they have done for decades now, want to exploit a formerly oppressed group, and the media has done nothing to stop them. Literally Google the Equal Pay Act. This issue was ended in 1963.

          • Brenda Huddleston

            Thanks Will. I will do that. The Media loves to see us battle, don’t they…

          • Sally

            Obviously it was not ended, or women would not be making .70 to every dollar a man makes in the same job. Why is Obama being demonized for trying to fix this? Oh, right, because the GOP is still trying to make him a one term President.

          • Will

            Good lord your post is so full of unintelligence I just feel bad for you. Women do not make 70 cents for every man in the same job, that is wrong on two counts. Firstly, the most recent Census data from 2012 showed that the AVERAGE WOMAN in the workforce makes 81 cents for every dollar the AVERAGE MAN in the workforce makes, not for working the same job. This is because women typically work less dangerous (and thus lower paying) jobs, are more likely to drop out of the workforce to have kids, and are less likely to aggressively pursue promotions and pay increases in the office. But for women and men in the same job, the pay gap is nonexistent. Why? Because the Equal Pay Act was passed 51 years ago.

          • stubbikins

            Funny, I never had kids, worked straight through. Found out a month after leaving a job that my male colleague who had less education, and about 10 years less experience than me made over $10,000 more than me.

            But gee, thanks for telling me how these things never happen anymore. Can you tell me what birth control I should take next? I am just a little girl, I cannot possibly have knowledge or ability to research without men like you telling what to conclude.

          • stubbikins

            You think women became equal in 1963? So you have never spoken to a woman who was an adult in 1963 have you?

          • Will

            Women did not become equal in 1963, women still face oppression and sexism now. The Equal Pay Act, however, was passed in 1963, which did end pay discrimination.

          • stubbikins

            No, it did not. That is 100% delusional.

          • Will

            Oh really? What did it do then?

          • stubbikins

            It gave the ability to sue for the first time. Your claim is like saying the 14th amendment ended racism for black people.

          • Will

            You can’t sue if there is no law. It is an indisputable fact that in 1963 Congress passed a law that made it illegal to pay a female worker less than a male worker for doing the same job. To compare this to racism, which is a state of mind not a legal issue, makes no sense.

          • stubbikins

            You think Jim Crow was not a legal issue?
            You think sexism is not a state of mind?!?!

            Your continued pretense that women got equal pay in 1963 is outright delusional.

          • Will

            You didn’t say Jim Crow, I didn’t say Jim Crow. You didn’t say sexism, I didn’t say sexism. You said racism, a state of mind, and equal pay, a legal issue. The equal pay debate was basically resolved when the Equal Pay Act was passed. There is no disputing that. Jim Crow laws were basically eradicated when Brown v. Board was handed down the CRA and VRA were passed and enforced. Do sexism and racism live on? Obviously because we don’t have a thought police. But it is as illegal now to pay your female employee less than a male one for working the same job as is to not serve black people at your restaurant or to block them from voting. Here’s a tip for next time: Actually do some research.

          • stubbikins

            Pay inequity IS BECAUSE OF SEXISM you m o r o n.

            Women were NOT SUDDENLY PAID THE SAME IN 1963. That NEVER happened.

            Here’s a tip for next time: Actually do some research.

    • stubbikins

      Federal pay scales are the same for everyone. There are more women in lower raking jobs in the White House, there are not women making less for the same job, which is what the equal pay act is all about.

  • Jack Everett

    All you have to do is look at the republican record since Eisenhower to see republican lies about women.

  • Hail_to_the_victors

    the demonrats use every living thing on earth as a political pawn. The dems are the party of death and destruction .

    • stubbikins

      So equal pay is bad…. but calling women tramps for taking birth control is all about respect for women?

      • Hail_to_the_victors

        well. according to scripture any woman who fornicates before marriage is a tramp. as to the black boys equal pay argument. I look at the horror called Detroit and see how serious Obama and his minions are about equality.

        • stubbikins

          Oh so women are tramps… so what are men who do the same thing? Can you quote where Jesus called women tramps? Then can you quote where the Constitution states that we live by Biblical laws?

          What years was Obama mayor of Detroit? How is he responsible foe the outsourcing of the car industry before he was elected to office?

          • Hail_to_the_victors

            You wrote :” Oh so women are tramps… so what are men who do the same thing? ” Answer: Both genders who engage in premarital sex are fornicators.

            As you well know tramp is a sang would for prostitute . So I am posting what Jesus said on the topic:

            John 8:3-11 in the New Revised Standard Version:

            ” 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4 they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ 6
            They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to
            bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the
            ground. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened
            up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the
            first to throw a stone at her.’ 8 And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9
            When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the
            elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ 11 She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.’

            The key statement made by Jesus lies at the conclusion of the paragraph : “Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”
            The apostle Paul expands upon Jesus admonition in:

            1 Corinthians 6:9 Or
            do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do
            not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor
            adulterers nor men who have sex with men”

            You wrote :

            “Then can you quote where the Constitution states that we live by Biblical laws?” As you well know it does not say that. But, the First Amendment in the following six words “… or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Protects my right to call any woman or man who is engaged in premarital sex or sex with another man other then her husband a TRAMP. What years was You wrote : “What years was Obama mayor of Detroit?” Obama is the titular head of a national political party , that has through the policy implementation of said party have lift nearly every city controlled by black politician in ruins .

            You wrote: “How is he responsible foe the outsourcing of the car industry before he was elected to office?” He and his party are staunch supporters of the unions. The unions public and private have for the most part refused to re-open labor contracts to allow our domestic industries the ability to adjust to changing market conditions and compete against cheaper foreign imports. As a matter of fact the unconstitutional bankruptcy was all about rescuing his union money men then it was about rescuing GM and Chrysler.

          • stubbikins

            “Obama is the titular head of a national political party , that has through the policy implementation of said party have lift nearly every city controlled by black politician in ruins .”

            HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
            Thanks for proving you are not only stupid, but also completely delusional. Obama has only been a leader since around 2007-2008, sending jobs offshore has been happening for decades.

            Ford is doing just fine, know why? They designed decent cars for a global market. Blaming the Unions is a joke. What you call cheap foreign imports are cars like Honda and Toyota, mostly made IN THE USA, and far more reliable that “American” cars that are made in Mexico with Chinese parts.

            GM and Chrysler have been bailed out how many times now? 2? 3? You want a free market? let them die or be forced to design decent cars instead of being propped up by the government.

            Want to save Detroit? Go open a business there. Open the factories back up and build something instead of preaching fairy tales and Rush Limbaugh talking points on CNN

          • Hail_to_the_victors

            You are an idiot. A flucking mindless idiot.

          • stubbikins


          • Hail_to_the_victors

            Go fix this problem?: 50% of the adult population of Detroit is functionally illiterate -I would argue another 30% can not read and write above a 4th grade level. They are not employable in the NEW economy. Why don’t you do some real research before you run off at mouth on the internet.

          • stubbikins

            So you admit that the education system is underfunded and poor people are denied equal access to education. Good. Congrats. you are a liberal.

          • Hail_to_the_victors

            You are a typical progressive liar:
            “The Census Bureau reports (PDF)
            that Detroit Public Schools spent $12,801 per-pupil in 2009-2010.
            That’s pretty impressive, since the headcounters also
            say “[t]he nation’s elementary-secondary public school systems
            spent an average of $10,615 per pupil in fiscal year 2010.” (The
            Mackinac Center for Public Policy
            claims (PDF) that Detroit actually spent $15,570 per pupil in
            2010.) But with that money, the city’s well-funded educrats
            achieved … not so much. The Detroit Regional Workforce Fund found
            that 47 percent of the city’s residents are “functionally
            illiterate.” According to a
            local CBS affiliate”

          • stubbikins

            You think half the adult population was in school in 2009-2010?

          • Hail_to_the_victors

            I would love to have an honest discussion with you. But, you do not want one. I live in Michigan. I understand the racism, unionism and the political policies that have created the death of Detroit and Flint. You have a nice day.

          • stubbikins

            Know, you have an opinion based on your own pre existing and biased stance. Your “evidence” failed to prove your claim.

          • Hail_to_the_victors

            Blah,blah , blah. If a n*gg*r was raping your wife you would stand their and watch – or perhaps jerk off or ask whether or not he need help holding her down.

          • stubbikins

            Thanks for proving you are not only stupid but also racist.

        • stubbikins

          You also conveniently ignored that I said “calling women tramps for taking birth control”

          Nothing in that sentence says anything about women having sex, married or not married….

          • Hail_to_the_victors

            well if you UNDERSTOOD the word FORNICATE you would understand why I used the word.

    • Sally

      Gee, and I thought George Bush , who cost us billions in lives and cash, was a Republican. And I thought caring for the Earth was the province of GOP evangelical Christians (you know, then people who are all for drilling every square inch of this country to profit the oil barons?) And I thought that denying health care to people, cutting off food stamps to starve kids, and taxing the pensions of the elderly were all GOP ideas? You mean none of that is true?

      • Hail_to_the_victors

        I just love reading the comments of psychotic progressives. Take another hit off your replica of Obama’s penis crack pipe.

  • tigalily

    democrats want to use us women as a pawn, but give us equal pay for equal work/health insurance equality.
    republicans want to be so small to fit in our vagina AND take away all our reproductive rights.

    dunno which one to vote for…??


  • Sam Lapin

    Republican legislators refuse to vote for this bill to protect women from income discrimination. Not only are they unwilling to fight this injustice, but they then claim to be victims themselves by saying the legislation was designed to make them look bad for not supporting it.

    This is like a child who is told to clean his room and doesn’t do it – and then claims it was the room’s fault for being messy. Gender-based income discrimination is a serious issue that has been for a long time. It was not created it as a political tactic.

    The GOP can choose to support or not support this important legislation,
    but they should be upfront about why they are not supporting it. It is because the ultra-wealthy who fund their party don’t want them to.

  • Cheryl Thomas

    A living human being should be paid the pay that is set for the job, man or woman. Why pay anyone less money.

  • Isaac Pentlin

    looking for a few good men to join my fb page at wallpentisaac and get active against democratic ideologies. Spread the word about liberals and U.N aligned Democrats. The Democrats and the lawyers they empower are the real pawns of the United Nations.

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