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Stop Feminist Wage Control!
Tell your Representatives to vote NO on the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act!
On January 9th, the House debated both the Paycheck Fairness Act (
) and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (
). H.R. 12 was brought to a vote first, and although the Republican minority offered a motion to recommit--a procedural maneuver traditionally reserved for the minority party which allows them one last chance to amend or kill the bill--the attempt failed by a vote of 178 to 240 (
Roll Call 7
). The House passed H.R. 12 by a vote of 256 to 163 (
Roll Call 8
) as well as H.R. 11 by a vote of 247 to 171 (
Roll Call 9
). These bills now await action in the Senate. Please be sure to check the roll call votes so you know how your representatives voted.
January 6, 2009
The new liberal super-majority opens the very first week of the 111th Congress by making two pieces of feminist legislation their first order of business. Two bills that purport to institute the longtime feminist dream of "comparable worth," a fancy term for government
, have been scheduled for a floor vote this week in the House of Representatives. At present, we have no way of knowing which bill will be brought to the floor first, as neither bill has been officially reintroduced in this new congress, but we do know that getting
bills passed in the same week is the feminists' goal. Your calls are urgently needed to prevent further damage to American businesses!
The most dangerous of the two proposed bills is the
Paycheck Fairness Act (
, expected to be reintroduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). This bill garnered 230 cosponsors during the last Congress, and it would amend the Equal Pay Act (EPA) to allow for unlimited compensatory and punitive damages to be granted, even without proof of intent. The bill would also unjustly amend the EPA in the following ways:
Requires non-sex-related factors, like market rates and prior salary history, to pass a "job relatedness" or "business necessity" test that would be determined by a judge or jury.
Redefines "establishment" to mean workplaces in the same county or political district rather than the same physical place of business.
Invalidates the successful, Supreme Court-endorsed pay discrimination-determining system known as the Interpretative Standards for Systemic Compensation Discrimination, and it would be replaced with the highly inaccurate Equal Opportunity Survey, which has found true discriminators as non-discriminators 93 percent of the time.
The second bill the feminists aim to pass is the
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
, expected to be reintroduced by Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. The bill, which gained 93 cosponsors during the last congress, purports to protect workers against pay discrimination by reversing the Supreme Court decision reached in
Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (2007)
which held that employers are protected from lawsuits over race and gender pay discrimination if the claims are based on decisions made by an employer 180 days ago or more.
The Ledbetter bill amends the 40 year old statute of limitations contained within Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that requires the timely filing of discrimination charges -- either 180 or 300 days, depending on his or her state of employment -- after the alleged workplace discrimination occurred. The bill dismantles this statute, effectively eliminating any time limits for claims of employment discrimination. This is dangerous because it would open the door to discrimination allegations that could have occurred five, ten, twenty, or even thirty or more years earlier by employees and executives that had nothing to do with the supposed wrongdoing.
At a time when the federal government has wrought financial disaster by interfering in the labor market, these bills will surely harm the American economy even further, especially if judges and juries are mandated to decide how much a private business pays its individual workers. Please call your representatives today!
The House will be in session every day this week, so
this vote could come as early as Wednesday, January 7th
. Call and write your Representatives and tell them you expect them to vote NO on both the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act!
signed by over 40 business groups explaining their opposition to these bad feminist bills.
CQ Roll Call