Perhaps I’ve stumbled upon a new theme for Sunday articles. Today I want to write of the biggest political outrage of the week just passed – and there were plenty of candidates. Sadly, this one received little press.
Early Tuesday evening the Republicans successfully filibustered HR 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. Mind you I said filibustered. That means they prevented debate, amendments and consideration of an act aimed at equal pay regardless of gender. In reality, equal pay for women who the last time I check accounted for about 50% of the electorate.
I admit that I have not read the bill in its entirety. The possibility certainly exists that it could be improved by amendment. But the Republicans made that impossible. They refused to even consider the principle behind the legislation. I am attacking the Republicans as a whole with good cause. The vote was 49-50-1. All 50 nays came from the Senate Republican Caucus. (The absence – I don’t know the reason and it wouldn’t have changed the outcome – was in the person of New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who certainly would have voted aye.)
In recent elections women as a whole have broken for Democrats with one sub-demographic, white women, breaking slightly and in my opinion inexplicably, for Republicans. For those who think Chuck Schumer a fool for allowing bills like this to go to the floor only to be filibustered I want to point out that come election time these votes are ready made ads to run against Republican incumbents.
Sticking with my policy of making tellthetruthonthem.com a voter research resource here are the 50 offenders:
John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley of Missouri, John Boozman and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Mike Braun and Todd Young of Indiana, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas, Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven of North Dakota, Mike Crapo and James Risch of Idaho, Steve Daines of Montana, Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of South Carolina, Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Jim Inhofe and James Lankford of Oklahoma, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee and Mitt Romney of Utah, Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran of Kansas, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mike Rounds and John Thune of South Dakota, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida, Richard Shelby and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama along with Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
I have long said the GOP was waging a war on women; I offer this filibuster as further evidence.
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