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EMILY’s List Blasts Martha McSally for Opposing Equal Pay for Women

April 12, 2016      

EMILY’s List Blasts Martha McSally for Opposing Equal Pay for Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, denounced Representative Martha McSally for refusing to end gender discrimination in pay. April 12, 2016 is Equal Pay Day, the date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men have earned in the previous year for the same work. This year August 23 is African American women’s Equal Pay Day, September 14 is Native American women’s Equal Pay Day, and November 1 is Latinas’ Equal Pay Day.

“Time and again Martha McSally has blocked opportunities to end gender discrimination in pay and Arizona women need better. This is a problem that hardworking Arizona women and families can't afford to ignore," said EMILY’s List Press Secretary Rachel Thomas. “Martha McSally has joined with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the Republican party to unite around an agenda that is deeply out of touch.”

“Martha McSally just doesn’t understand the challenges faced by Arizona women and families. It’s time to elect someone who does.”

McSally Voted Against Motion for Equal Pay by Excluding Claims of Employment Discrimination From Bill. In September 2015, McSally voted against a Democratic motion to recommit with instructions. “The Democratic Motion to Recommit protects women’s right to demand equal wages, by excluding claims of employment discrimination from the underlying bill that raises new obstacles for Americans to seek remedy in the courts.” The motion to recommit failed 179 to 239. [HR 758, Vote #500, 9/17/15; Democratic Motions to Recommit, HR 758, 9/17/15]

McSally Voted for Blocking Consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act. In April 2015, McSally voted for blocking consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would end the pay gap between men and women and ensure equal pay for equal work. “The legislation would protect workers from retaliation for sharing information about their wages, require employers to explain any pay disparities among workers performing the same job, and allow employees to seek unlimited punitive damages in wage bias cases.” [H. Res. 189, Vote #148, 4/14/15; H. Res. 200, Vote #154, 4/15/15; Bloomberg, 4/14/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 4/14/15]


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Rachel Thomas