This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad:
The Senate returns from its weeklong break at 2 p.m., and will start with some debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act before moving to a judicial nominee vote at 5:30 p.m.
While debate on the paycheck bill could hit some high rhetorical notes Monday, it is setting up a procedural vote that is expected to fail on Tuesday. Republicans are expected to remain unified against the bill, making it impossible for Democrats to win the 60 votes needed to end debate.
Democrats say the bill, S. 3220, is an answer to the Republicans’ “war on women,” but Republicans argue the bill solves a problem — that of paycheck discrimination against women — that Democrats have said was already solved by passing the Lilly Ledbetter law in 2009.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act changed U.S. law to make the statute of limitations for unfair pay expire 180 days after the receipt of each new discriminatory paycheck, giving women more flexibility to challenge unfair pay.
Republicans last week cited several quotes from President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying that the Ledbetter law equalized pay for women in America, implying that the new Paycheck Fairness Act is simply a vehicle to score political points against Republicans.
The new bill would create federal grants aimed at improving the salary negotiation skills of women, and makes some changes to current law to protect women who take initial steps toward filing an unfair-pay complaint.
It also foresees the government collection of salary data from companies for the purpose of enforcing fair-pay laws, a step Republicans in particular are likely to oppose.
Assuming the procedural vote fails on Tuesday, the Senate is expected to take up farm legislation for the rest of the week.
They could have passed this at the same time they passed Lilly Ledbetter, back when they controlled both houses of Congress. But they didn’t. Now the Democrats are bringing it up when they know it has no chance of passing.
Thanks for nothing, guys.
I’m not sure how much help grants “aimed at improving the salary negotiation skills of women” would really be. With the current batch of Democrats you can’t trust ’em even when you can see ’em. I wouldn’t put it past those asshats to pass something called “paycheck fairness” that actually made things worse.