Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
After Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D) statement on the Senate floor yesterday afternoon on the conservative sentiment towards the Paycheck Fairness Act, we didn't have the highest of hopes for the vote to move forward through the Senate. And this trepidation wasn't in vain—Republican senators unanimously blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. This move was a mood shift from last week, where Senate conservatives gave the go-ahead for the act to advance. However, the bill has been blocked by Republicans multiple times since its introduction, so this switch isn't very surprising.
If the act is ever passed, it would help to decrease the gender pay gap by forcing companies to be open about what they pay their employees, and would challenge the flimsy reasons companies give to justify paying men and women of similar skill sets and positions unequal salaries. In a nation where women continue to make 77 cents to every man's dollar, it's practically incomprehensible why passing this bill is even a question.
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