From The Hill, “Groups allied with the Democrats go for broke“:
The ACLU is lobbying the Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is expected to come up for a cloture vote as soon as Wednesday. The measure, which already passed the House, is designed to close the wage gap between men and women in the workplace.
Last week, the civil rights group sent a letter to senators saying that the group would be “scoring both the cloture vote and the vote on the merits” when the bill comes up for debate.
Odd. We had always thought the ACLU was a “civil liberties” organization defending the Bill of Rights, but here they are pushing legislation to redistribute wealth via federal mandates and lawsuits against employers. It’s almost as if they’re a generic left-wing outfit, not a civil rights group at all.
The Wall Street Journal also publishes a good op-ed (subscription) on the legislation by June O’Neill of the American Enterprise Institute, “Washington’s Equal Pay Obsession: There’s no epidemic of gender discrimination. So why is Congress proposing another law?”
Women in the workplace don’t face rampant pay discrimination, and yet the Senate may soon pass a bill—already passed in the House—premised on the erroneous charge that they do. The Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) would be a harmful addition to the many federal laws that already protect women and men from labor-market discrimination.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) gave a floor speech Monday anticipating Wednesday’s cloture vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. It’s just the start, he suggests. Next, the Fair Pay Act!
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