GOP lawmaker suggests female colleague 'misunderstands' equal pay legislation

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneGOP Senate candidate 'pissed off' at Trump over health care for veterans House GOP fears retirement wave will lead to tsunami Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess MORE (R-Ala.) suggested Wednesday that a Democratic female colleague did not understand language surrounding equal pay legislation.

Byrne was trying to propose an amendment to the Paycheck Fairness Act, which aims to eliminate gender-pay discrimination and was co-sponsored by Rep. Susan WildSusan WildHopes dim for passage of Trump trade deal Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Senate panel advances bipartisan package on health costs | Grassley, Wyden in talks on deal to limit drug price increases | Court asks if blue states have standing in ObamaCare suit GOP scores procedural win by securing more funding to enforce Iran sanctions MORE (D-Pa.).

Byrne said he doesn't think Wild “understands what that language actually means and how it’s been interpreted by the courts and how it may be totally misinterpreted against plaintiffs in these types of lawsuits,” according to HuffPost.

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“I do think that she misunderstands both the amendment and the underlying bill,” Byrne said later.

Wild said in a statement to HuffPost that it seemed like Byrne was trying to undermine the proposal.

“As a practicing attorney for over 30 years, I can tell you this was not the first time someone has attempted to avoid an argument over the merits of the law using condescension and dismissal,” she told the news outlet. 

The Hill has reached out to Byrne's office for comment. 

The House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act Wednesday.