An Anniversary Boozman Will Ignore: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Boozman FairpayDo not expect a statement from Senator John Boozman today on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act anniversary. Even though women in Arkansas make just 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, Boozman voted against the Ledbetter Act twice, first in 2007 and again in 2009 – when a majority sent the bill to the President’s desk, despite Boozman’s opposition.

In the seven years since that watershed moment, Boozman has gone on to oppose its complementary measure, the Paycheck Fairness Act, voting against it seven times. The expansive proposal would require businesses to explain why wage gaps between their male and female employees exist, penalize businesses for retaliating against employees who share salary information with each other, and impose tougher penalties against employers for wage discrimination.

“Today we recognize how far we’ve come and take note of those who continue to oppose progress, like Senator Boozman who has fought paycheck fairness at every turn,” said Lauren Passalacqua, DSCC National Press Secretary. “Senator Boozman is out-of-touch with the Arkansans he serves and is standing in the way of a sound economic policy that would increase the bottom line for middle class families across his state.”

BACKGROUND

BOOZMAN VOTED AGAINST THE LILLY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT TWICE

Jul. 2007: Boozman Voted Against The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. [CQ, 7/31/07; H.R. 2831, Vote 768, 7/31/07]

Jan. 2009: Boozman Voted Against The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. [CQ, 1/27/09; S. 181, Vote 37, 1/27/09]

BOOZMAN VOTED AGAINST THE PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT SEVEN TIMES

Jul. 2008: Boozman Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act. [CQ, 7/31/08; H.R. 1338, Vote 556, 7/31/08]

Jan. 2009: Boozman Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act. [CQ, 1/9/09, H.R. 12, Vote 8, 1/9/09]

Jun. 2012: Boozman Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act. [CQ, 6/5/12; S. 3220, Vote 115, 6/5/12]

Apr. 2014: Boozman Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act. [CQ, 4/9/14; S. 2199, Vote 103, 4/9/14]

Sep. 2014: Boozman Voted Twice Against The Paycheck Fairness Act. [CQ, 9/10/14; S. 2199, Vote 260, 9/10/14; CQ, 9/15/14; S. 2199, Vote 262, 9/15/14]

Mar. 2015: Boozman Voted Against Paycheck Fairness Act Amendment To Senate Budget Resolution. [CQ, 3/24/15; S.Amdt. 362 to S.Con.Res. 11, Vote 82, 3/24/15]

Amendment Was A Version Of The Paycheck Fairness Act. “Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) offered S. Amdt. 362, a version of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Among other things, the Paycheck Fairness Act would significantly expand the amount of damages available in an equal pay case, limit an employer’s affirmative defense in such cases, and prevent retaliation against employees who share salary information.  The measure failed by a vote of 45-54. Sen. Mikulski re-introduced the measure along with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) a day later (H.R. 1619, S. 862).” [Littler Workplace Policy Institute, Workplace Policy Update, 3/27/15]

WOMEN IN ARKANSAS MADE 77 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR COMPARED TO MEN

In Arkansas, Women Earned 77 Cents On The Dollar Compared To Men. According to the National Women’s Law Center, women in Arkansas made 77 cents on the dollar for every dollar a man made, amounting to a 23 cent wage gap for women. [National Women’s Law Center, 9/8/14]
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