GOP lawmaker suggests female colleague 'misunderstands' equal pay legislation

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneBottom line Jerry Carl wins GOP Alabama runoff to replace Rep. Bradley Byrne Jeff Sessions loses comeback bid in Alabama runoff 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 WildDCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump, GOP on defense as nationwide protests continue Republican Lisa Scheller wins primary to take on Pennsylvania Rep. Susan Wild 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

“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.