Senate GOPers Kill Equal-Pay Bill « The Washington Independent
Can’t say this wasn’t expected, but Senate Republicans killed a bill last night to extend the time-span over which workers could sue their employers for payment discrimination. The reason? Well, according to those voting against, the bill would benefit plaintiff attorneys rather than underpaid women.
Here’s Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), as quoted in this morning’s New York Times:
The only ones who will see an increase in pay are some of the trial lawyers who bring the cases.
Both Democratic presidential candidates rushed back from the campaign trail for the vote (both voted for), while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive GOP nominee did not leave the trail. According to the Times, it wasn’t for being shy about weighing in:
Mr. McCain, who was campaigning in Louisiana, skipped the vote but told reporters he would have opposed the bill since it could contribute to frivolous lawsuits harmful to businesses.
Expect to hear about this vote again — probably sometime closer to November.