GOP lawmaker suggests female colleague 'misunderstands' equal pay legislation

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneOvernight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland Overnight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland House panel votes to restrict possible changes to Air Force One design 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 WildHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens 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.