Today Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced the findings of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, using the report to knock the Executive Branch for its alleged failure to crack down on pay inequity. This report recommends:
that the EEOC and OFCCP monitor performance of enforcement efforts more closely and that the OFCCP implement a more rigorous data system to carry out its duties.
Clinton then tried to use this report to justify the Ledbetter bill :
We must hold the Bush Administration accountable for enforcing equal pay requirements already on the books and we must finally end the pay inequity that is short-changing women and families by enacting the Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act,
How would passing a bill that removes the statute of limitations on discrimination claims make the Administration, any Administration for that matter, more accountable for enforcing current law? This bill will only prevent the timely remedy of actual instances of unlawful discrimination by eliminating the filing periods needed to address real claims.