I wasn’t counting, but others certainly were.
Following her State of the Union response, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) told CNN that she and the Republican party “absolutely” support equal pay, but Rodgers herself has voted against equal pay four times.
McMorris Rodgers actually voted against laws meant to address the pay disparity between men and women four times. She voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act twice, which lengthened the time for victims of pay discrimination to file a complaint. She also voted twice against the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure aimed at closing the gender wage gap by ending the practice of salary secrecy, thus giving women and others a better chance of rooting out discrimination, narrowing the guidelines for what pay disparities are justified, and strengthening penalties for discrimination as a way to deter it, among other things.
The truth is we would have equal pay today if congressional Republicans weren’t standing in the way. House Republicans won’t vote for it and Senate Republicans have filibustered it.
They have a very strange way of showing their alleged support.
“Now if the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars then every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, so then we’d have a problem with caterpillars. I mean, the fact of the matter is it’s a fiction.” -RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on the War on Women