Murray: GOP should rethink blocking ‘pro-family’ measures

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said she hopes Republicans will “rethink” their opposition to Democratic proposals, such as raising the minimum wage and paycheck gender equality, because the measures would help working families and the economy.

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“It’s been so disappointing to see that when it comes to everything from: the Paycheck Fairness Act, to the raising the minimum wage for millions of workers, to helping ease the burden of student loans, my Republican colleagues have — so far — said no,” Murray said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Even though these are policies that would help millions of working families.”

Before coming to the Senate floor, Murray held a press event to hear from fathers who said they too would benefit from the legislation.

Senate Democrats have been pushing their “fair shot” agenda ahead of the November elections, forcing votes that draw contrast between themselves and Republicans.

“Because I believe that if we take steps to break down the barriers that working mothers and fathers are facing in today’s economy, families across the country will have more opportunity, and our country will be stronger, now and over the long term,” Murray said. “And there is no reason not to get to work.”