Reid: Are GOP ‘repulsed’ by equal pay for women?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) predicted that Republicans would block the Senate from considering legislation aimed at ensuring equal pay for women.

“For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans do not appear to be interested in closing the wage gap for working women,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. “Are Republicans in the Senate so repulsed by equal pay for hard-working American women that they can’t even stomach the thought of debating the issue?”


Women senators demand paycheck fairness

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) led more than 10 Democratic senators in calling for passage of her legislation, the Paycheck Fairness Act.

“We believe that women need a fair shot to get equal pay for equal work,” Mikulski said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “We want the same pay for the same job. We want it in our law books and in our checkbooks. … Today is the day for equal pay.”


Durbin: McConnell's words highlight party differences on women

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) comments Tuesday show the stark contrast between the two parties on women's issues.

"Tune in tomorrow and find out whether five Republicans will join us to raise this issue of pay fairness for women across America. I am not encouraged by the statement just made on the floor by the Republican Senate Leader," Durbin said.


Senate set to address gender wage gap

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set up votes for later this week on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Reid filed cloture on a motion to proceed to S. 2199, which aims to close the wage gap between women and men working equivalent jobs. That procedural vote will happen Wednesday unless there is agreement to vote sooner.