by David Ramsey
Do 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.”