‘Paycheck Fairness’ Bill Fails In Senate

(WREG-TV) A bill to pay women doing the same job as men the same amount got the boot Wednesday.

The “Paycheck Fairness” Act did not have enough votes to make it on Capitol Hill.

“I guess it’s kind of upsetting just because we work as hard as others,” Morgan Hester said.

Hester is a bartender in Memphis. She said not passing a bill for equal pay across the country sends a strong message.

“It makes me feel inferior,” Hester said. “It makes me feel that we don’t work as hard and we actually do. Half the time we are probably working hard than most people,” she said.

Senate republicans said the reason they voted the bill down was because discrimination laws already exist.

They also said the Paycheck Fairness Act would lead to government interference in the workplace.

“I would urge us to stop politicizing women and let’s start focusing on those policies that are actually going to help women and everyone in this country have a better life,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a senator from Washington, said.

With the labor department reporting women make 81 cents to every dollar a man makes, Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer said even if the bill passed, there would still be a problem.

“What women really have to face is that we’ve got to become CEO’s (and) we’ve got to find a way to get into the upper structures of government,” Shafer said.

Shafer believe women landing in top positions is the key to equal pay.

“At this point and age everything should be equal no matter your age, your gender, your race. Nothing should matter,” Hester said.

Commissioner Shafer believes women in Memphis and across the country will band together as sisters, push forward, and do fine.

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