According to a senior Democratic aide, women are making 70 cents on a dollar of what a man is making, and that’s fine with Willard M. Romney… or is it? Which Mitt will say which thing to which audience when he’s forced to respond to questions about the Paycheck Fairness Act (which would prohibit retaliation by employers against female employees if they inquire about salaries paid to male colleagues)?
It would expand the definition of wage discrimination by allowing employees to compare the pay of male colleagues not only within the same office but also with colleagues in other local offices. A female employee could allege wage discrimination if she is paid less than a male working the same job for the same employer across town.
Back in 2010, when Harry Reid brought that same bill to the floor, not one Republican voted for it, nor did Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.); they did what they are so practiced at doing, they blocked it, even though Democrats still controlled the House and the Senate. (So the next time some troll on Twitter intrudes on your stream tweeting, “Well YOU guys had both houses, so why didn’t you get anything done? HUH? Why not? HUH?” show them this post.)
While we’re at it, here’s another item my trolls love to bring up:
A GOP aide suggested Obama could be hit with criticisms of hypocrisy if Democrats pursue the Paycheck Fairness Act. The aide noted an annual report on White House staff showed female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000 and male employees earned a median salary of $71,000, a statistic reported by The Washington Free Beacon.
The Free Beacon’s report, however, did not take into account the varying levels of seniority held by female and male White House employees.
By the way, just a reminder, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill President Obama signed into law. But I digress. Back to the Paycheck Fairness Act.
The Dems are laying a trap for Willard and his fellow Republicans. Harry Reid is planning to bring the P.F. Act to the Senate floor, which, again, say it with me, would protect women.
Democrats say it will be difficult for GOP senators to back out of their opposition, especially because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has staunchly opposed the legislation.
Mitt Romney will either have to split with Republicans and an important business group or take a position that could further erode his support among women.
Or, knowing Romney, both.