McCain Opposes Equal Pay Bill In Senate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Republican Sen. John McCain, campaigning
through poverty-stricken cities and towns, said Wednesday he
opposes a Senate bill that seeks equal pay for women because it
would lead to more lawsuits.

Senate Republicans killed the bill Wednesday night on a 56-42
vote that denied the measure the 60 votes needed to advance it to
full debate and a vote. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had
delayed the vote to give McCain's Democratic rivals, Sens. Hillary
Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, time to return to Washington to
support the measure, which would make it easier for women to sue
their employers for pay discrimination.

McCain skipped the vote to campaign in New Orleans.

"I am all in favor of pay equity for women, but this kind of
legislation, as is typical of what's being proposed by my friends
on the other side of the aisle, opens us up to lawsuits for all
kinds of problems," the expected GOP presidential nominee told
reporters. "This is government playing a much, much greater role
in the business of a private enterprise system."

The bill sought to counteract a Supreme Court decision limiting
how long workers can wait before suing for pay discrimination.

It is named for Lilly Ledbetter, a supervisor at the Goodyear
Tire & Rubber Co.'s plant in Gadsden, Ala., who sued for pay
discrimination just before retiring after a 19-year career there.
By the time she retired, Ledbetter made $6,500 less than the
lowest-paid male supervisor and claimed earlier decisions by
supervisors kept her from making more.


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  • by jennifer Location: watts on Apr 24, 2008 at 01:14 PM
    McCain needs to realize that women are who really do the electing of a president and he just lost millons of us.
  • by Sarah Location: Somerset on Apr 24, 2008 at 11:28 AM
    This just proves my point,this old man truly is to old to be a viable president,in fact I now think he is still in the 18th century at least his respect for women is.
  • by barbara Location: neon on Apr 24, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    And this pitiful man wants women to actually vote for him, what planet is he on?
  • by tim Location: promise land on Apr 24, 2008 at 11:04 AM
    Typical republican interest,big business,big oil companies,lots of war and absolute lack of concern for the average American! Anyone surprised?
  • by Lillian Location: Hyden, KY on Apr 24, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    I guess I will be casting my first Democratic vote ever in an election this year. McCain just lost my vote and probably the votes from many other women. I do not want a sexist President.
  • by d Location: eastern KY on Apr 24, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    I retired from a job after 26 years and was making less than the others in the same position. The bosses said because my husband worked that I din't need as much to support my family. That was 4 1/2 years ago. I started another job 4 years ago and the start pay was 2 dollars higher than my highest pay had been at the other job after 26 years. Both jobs are in same feild. Females take being paid less so many times just to keep the job, sorry McCain but just so there wouldn't be more lawsuits (when there are thousands of lawsuits filed on T.V. adds alone)just doesn't make sence to me so I will have to decide which of the other canditates to vote for.
  • by Louise on Apr 24, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    McCain also wants to remove federal gas taxes that amount to about 20 cents a gallon. This tax goes into rebuilding highway infrastructure which is desperately needed. Furthermore, gas is rising about 10 cents per week. Removing this gas tax is a joke. The public would realize savings from this for about two weeks. A better idea would be to quit subsidizing oil and gas companies to the tune of about $21 billion/year. With profits at about $450 billion per quarter, I hardly think they need the tax break.
  • by Jen on Apr 24, 2008 at 07:27 AM
    Glad to see Republicans standing up for their base (business) and not the people. I do not understand why most people cannot see that Republicans do not serve their personal interest. Big Business is King with the Republican Party. If this bill results in more lawsuits it would only be because there are many employers discriminating against women. I can't think of any reason why businesses shouldn't be made to correct this. But let's all (edited) and complain that single mothers need to get off their butts, get off welfare, and get to work. Seems like the cards are stacked against them. We need to at least assure they are not receiving less money simply because they are women.
  • by Jeannie Location: Grayson on Apr 24, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    McCain on a poverty tour, but is against a tool that can assist women who are paid less than men just because they are women. More Republican hogwash!! Pure double-talk!! Women must file suit within 180 days of the occurrence (payday) of the discrimination. If you don't know, and you usually do not know your fellow employee's salary, then you simply must accept the discrimination. If there are more lawsuits because more women are being discriminated against, then what is the harm? Employers will strive to keep wages more secret than they now do. Democrats are trying to fix this recent error-ridden Supreme Court decision, but Republicans have blocked a vote. Do you recall about two years ago which party was being villified because they were blocking legislation over judge's nominations? The Democrat's were being threatened with the NUCLEAR option if they didn't allow the Republicans to bring their bills to the floor for a vote. Maybe Dems should threaten the Nuclear option?
  • by james Location: inez on Apr 24, 2008 at 04:33 AM
    Here is the candidate that was just here in Inez yesterday but to all you Applachian women out there it is very obvious by this vote that you just arn't worthy of equal pay---what a trojan horse we have here.

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