Senate Leaders Set Up Lame Duck Action on Paycheck Fairness Act

Before the Senate adjourned last night Senate Majority Leader Reid filed cloture on three bills, setting up a scenario for considering the legislation during the first week that the Senate comes back after the mid-term elections. Included in this package is the Paycheck Fairness Act. This means that it’s likely the Senate will vote on the measure in the week of November 15th.

The National Association of Manufacturers has been urging Members of Congress not to poison a lame-duck session by pushing legislation that organized labor has been agitating for, of which the Paycheck Fairness Act is a prime example. It is disappointing that Senate leadership decided to queue up consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that will make it more difficult for employers to create and retain jobs especially in such trying economic conditions.

As Members of Congress head off on the campaign trail, we hope that they will understand that voters are primarily focused on two things: jobs and the economy. The efforts to bring up the Paycheck Fairness Act have been largely motivated by political considerations, not sound economic policy. Well, then, Senators should consider the politics: Voters are not inclined to support bills that threaten the fragile economic recovery. In fact, they may actively reject those policies comes Nov. 2.

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  • MaleMatters says:

    Women’s pay-equity advocates support the Paycheck Fairness Act because of one overarching belief: that employers everywhere pay men more than women for the same work.

    Yet these same advocates no doubt also support the Age Discrimination In Employment Act. Without it, they may argue, employers, who they say always seek the cheapest labor possible, would replace their older employees with younger ones who will accept lower wages in the same jobs. Yet the advocates must think employers suddenly don’t care about cheap labor when it comes to paying men more than women in the same jobs. In sum, the advocates believe employers would replace older workers with younger ones to save money, but will not replace men with women to save money.

    See “A Critical Look at the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act” at

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