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The Breakdown: Why Did the GOP Block the Paycheck Fairness Act? | The Nation

The Breakdown: Why Did the GOP Block the Paycheck Fairness Act?

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The Breakdown

On November 17th, the GOP blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate.  On average, today women earn 77 cents to their male counterpart's dollar in the workplace.  The Paycheck Fairness Act would have helped remedy that unequal pay. It was viewed by many as an uncontroversial law, which causes many to question if this first substantial bill out of the lame duck Congress serves as a preview of the difficult session to come.  On this week's segment of the Breakdown, DC Editor Chris Hayes discusses what the Act is and why the GOP chose to block it with Senior Economist at the Center for American Progress Heather Boushey.

Related Links

Heather Boushey's bio at Center for American Progress.

Boushey's article for Slate on why the Senate should pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Denise DiStephan writes on TheNation.com about what the demise of the Paycheck Fairness Act means for women.

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