Aside from representing Washinton State's 5th District, Cathy McMorris Rodgers is also the Washington State chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Our fair congresswoman has been expressing hollow claims that there is no Republican war on women.
Today, she released this statement blaming President Obama.
“For more than three years, President Obama’s disastrous economic policies have wreaked havoc on women in the workplace with record levels of unemployment and the highest poverty rate in nearly two decades. Now the President has doubled down on his record of failure by proposing even more regulations and more taxes that will make it more difficult for women to find jobs. Mitt Romney supports pay equity for women and, as president, will do what President Obama has not – implement pro-growth economic policies that will allow women and all Americans to finally get back to work.”
I enjoy the disconnect between her saying that Romney supports pay equality for women and while her track record shows she doesn't, at least when it came to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, legislation addressing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that determined the statute of limitations for presenting an equal-pay lawsuit begins on the date that the employer makes the initial discriminatory wage decision, not at the date of the most recent paycheck, as a lower court had ruled. If the woman didn't realize she was being discriminated against within 180 days then she couldn't sue under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This legislation corrected that.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted against it. This post wouldn't be complete without a chart from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics totally debunking the assertion that Obama's economic policies are specifically hurting women.
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