Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Contact your senators re Paycheck Fairness - filibuster won, women lost, 54-43

From the Godmother of the Violence Against Women Act, Pat Reuss:

Please contact your Senators who voted against the Paycheck Fairness Bill and thank the ones who supported us (a phone thank you message for our champions is really important).


The Senate just fell 6 votes short of voting for cloture on the Paycheck Fairness Bill.  Cloture is when they override a “filibuster” but these days occurs on just about every vote except judges.  The official vote was 53 – 44 but that is because Harry Reid voted against cloture so he could move to bring the bill back up again at a later date. All Republicans present (43) voted against cloture and sadly that included Independent Angus King, Maine.  Three Republicans did not vote: Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, John Cornyn of Texas and Ted Cruz of Texas – but they most likely would have voted against cloture and the bill.

Feel free to use in your response to the Senate vote on the Paycheck Fairness bill (S. 84, 52 sponsors, all Democrats/Independent):

            The Republican War on Women is alive and well and has expanded the arena of combat in their determination to keep women as second class people.  Where once this invasion/intrusion was limited to incursions into people’s bedrooms, trouncing their privacy and blasting their personal choices.  It moved to name-calling and shaming victims who dare report sexual assault.  The fray now includes raiding the pocketbooks of families with women workers.  Today they aimed their firepower at equal pay but they are also opposing raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance and covering birth control in health insurance – all programs and initiatives that serve mostly women and keep their families safe and thriving.

Consider Paul Ryan’s budget, which the House is debating this week. Among those functions of government the Republican congressman from Wisconsin would cut, many disproportionately benefit women, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
For example, Medicaid (about 70 percent of adult recipients are women), food stamps (63 percent of adult recipients are women) and Pell grants (62 percent) would be cut. Then there are programs in categories that would face cuts Ryan hasn’t specified: Supplemental Security Income (two-thirds of the poor and elderly recipients are women), welfare (85 percent of adult recipients are women), housing vouchers (82 percent of recipient households headed by women), child-care assistance (75 percent female-headed households) and the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-republicans-kiss-votes-from-women-goodbye/2014/04/08/6411f6c6-bf50-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.html



Great column in today’s WPost
Pooh-poohers of the wage gap try to explain it away by saying that women just work fewer hours, and according to an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, “gravitate toward jobs with fewer risks, more comfortable conditions, regular hours, more personal fulfillment and greater flexibility.” Which must explain why two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers are women and livin’ the dream.

Senators – by state - who voted against cloture (needed 60 votes) and the Paycheck Fairness Act (Terms for senators in Class I expire in 2019, Class II in 2015, and Class III in 2017)

Murkowski, Lisa - (R - AK)          Class III

Sessions, Jeff - (R - AL) Class II
Shelby, Richard C. - (R - AL)       Class III

Boozman, John - (R - AR)            Class III

Flake, Jeff - (R - AZ)       Class I
McCain, John - (R - AZ)               Class III

Rubio, Marco - (R - FL)                Class III

Chambliss, Saxby - (R - GA)        Class II
Isakson, Johnny - (R - GA)           Class III

Grassley, Chuck - (R - IA)             Class III

Crapo, Mike - (R - ID)    Class III
Risch, James E. - (R - ID)            Class II

Kirk, Mark - (R - IL)       Class III
(202) 224-2854 Contact: www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=contact

Coats, Daniel - (R - IN) Class III
(202) 224-5623 Contact: www.coats.senate.gov/contact/

Moran, Jerry - (R - KS) Class III
Roberts, Pat - (R - KS)   Class II

McConnell, Mitch - (R - KY)        Class II
Paul, Rand - (R - KY)      Class III
(202) 224-4343 Contact: www.paul.senate.gov/?p=contact

Vitter, David - (R - LA)   Class III
(202) 224-4623 Contact: www.vitter.senate.gov/contact

Collins, Susan M. - (R - ME)       Class II
King, Angus S., Jr. - (I - ME)      Class I
(202) 224-5344 Contact: www.king.senate.gov/contact

Blunt, Roy - (R - MO)     Class III

Cochran, Thad - (R - MS)            Class II
Wicker, Roger F. - (R - MS)         Class I

Burr, Richard - (R - NC)               Class III

Hoeven, John - (R - ND)               Class III

Fischer, Deb - (R - NE) Class I
Johanns, Mike - (R - NE)             Class II

Ayotte, Kelly - (R - NH) Class III
(202) 224-3324 Contact: www.ayotte.senate.gov/?p=contact

Heller, Dean - (R - NV) Class I

Portman, Rob - (R - OH)              Class III

Coburn, Tom - (R - OK)                Class III
Inhofe, James M. - (R - OK)        Class II

Toomey, Patrick J. - (R - PA)       Class III
(202) 224-4254 Contact: www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact

Graham, Lindsey - (R - SC)          Class II
290 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

Scott, Tim - (R - SC)       Class III
(202) 224-6121 Contact: www.scott.senate.gov/contact/email-me

Thune, John - (R - SD) Class III

Alexander, Lamar - (R - TN)       Class II
Corker, Bob - (R - TN)    Class I

Cornyn, John - (R - TX)                Class II
Cruz, Ted - (R - TX)        Class I
(202) 224-5922 Contact: www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=email_senator

Hatch, Orrin G. - (R - UT)           Class I
Lee, Mike - (R - UT)        Class III

Johnson, Ron - (R - WI)               Class III

Barrasso, John - (R - WY)            Class I
Enzi, Michael B. - (R - WY)         Class II

Senators who supported cloture and for the bill

Begich, Mark - (D - AK)                Class II

Pryor, Mark L. - (D - AR)              Class II

Boxer, Barbara - (D - CA)             Class III
(202) 224-3553 Contact: www.boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/
Feinstein, Dianne - (D - CA)        Class I

Bennet, Michael F. - (D - CO)     Class III
(202) 224-5852 Contact: www.bennet.senate.gov/contact/
Udall, Mark - (D - CO)   Class II
(202) 224-5941 Contact: www.markudall.senate.gov/?p=contact

Blumenthal, Richard - (D - CT) Class III
(202) 224-2823 Contact: www.blumenthal.senate.gov/contact/
Murphy, Christopher - (D - CT)                Class I
(202) 224-4041 Contact: www.murphy.senate.gov/contact

Carper, Thomas R. - (D - DE)     Class I
Coons, Christopher A. - (D - DE)               Class II
(202) 224-5042 Contact: www.coons.senate.gov/contact/

Nelson, Bill - (D - FL)     Class I

Hirono, Mazie K. - (D - HI)         Class I
(202) 224-6361 Contact: www.hirono.senate.gov/contact
Schatz, Brian - (D - HI)                Class III
(202) 224-3934 Contact: www.schatz.senate.gov/contact

Harkin, Tom - (D - IA)   Class II
(202) 224-3254 Contact: www.harkin.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Durbin, Richard J. - (D - IL)       Class II

Donnelly, Joe - (D - IN)                Class I

Landrieu, Mary L. - (D - LA)       Class II
(202) 224-5824 Contact: www.landrieu.senate.gov/?p=contact

Markey, Edward J. - (D - MA)    Class II
(202) 224-2742 Contact: www.markey.senate.gov/contact
Warren, Elizabeth - (D - MA)     Class I

Cardin, Benjamin L. - (D - MD)                Class I
(202) 224-4524 Contact: www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/
Mikulski, Barbara A. - (D - MD)               Class III
(202) 224-4654 Contact: www.mikulski.senate.gov/contact/

Levin, Carl - (D - MI)      Class II
(202) 224-6221 Contact: www.levin.senate.gov/contact/
Stabenow, Debbie - (D - MI)       Class I
(202) 224-4822 Contact: www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=contact

Franken, Al - (D - MN)   Class II
(202) 224-5641 Contact: www.franken.senate.gov/?p=contact
Klobuchar, Amy - (D - MN)         Class I

McCaskill, Claire - (D - MO)       Class I
(202) 224-6154 Contact: www.mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=contact

Tester, Jon - (D - MT)    Class I
Walsh, John E. - (D - MT)           Class II
(202) 224-2651 Contact: www.walsh.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Hagan, Kay R. - (D - NC)             Class II
(202) 224-6342 Contact: www.hagan.senate.gov/?p=contact

Heitkamp, Heidi - (D - ND)         Class I

Shaheen, Jeanne - (D - NH)        Class II
(202) 224-2841 Contact: www.shaheen.senate.gov/contact/

Booker, Cory A. - (D - NJ)            Class II
(202) 224-3224 Contact: www.booker.senate.gov/?p=contact
Menendez, Robert - (D - NJ)       Class I
(202) 224-4744 Contact: menendez.senate.gov/contact/

Heinrich, Martin - (D - NM)       Class I
(202) 224-5521 Contact: www.heinrich.senate.gov/contact
Udall, Tom - (D - NM)   Class II
110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6621 Contact: www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact

Reid, Harry - (D - NV)    Class III
(202) 224-3542 Contact: www.reid.senate.gov/contact

Gillibrand, Kirsten E. - (D - NY)                Class I
(202) 224-4451 Contact: www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/
Schumer, Charles E. - (D - NY)   Class III

Brown, Sherrod - (D - OH)          Class I
(202) 224-2315 Contact: www.brown.senate.gov/contact/

Merkley, Jeff - (D - OR)                Class II
(202) 224-3753 Contact: www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/
Wyden, Ron - (D - OR) Class III
(202) 224-5244 Contact: www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/

Casey, Robert P., Jr. - (D - PA)   Class I
(202) 224-6324 Contact: www.casey.senate.gov/contact/

Reed, Jack - (D - RI)       Class II
(202) 224-4642 Contact: www.reed.senate.gov/contact/
Whitehouse, Sheldon - (D - RI) Class I
(202) 224-2921 Contact: www.whitehouse.senate.gov/contact/

Johnson, Tim - (D - SD)               Class II

Kaine, Tim - (D - VA)     Class I
(202) 224-4024 Contact: www.kaine.senate.gov/contact
Warner, Mark R. - (D - VA)         Class II

Leahy, Patrick J. - (D - VT)          Class III
(202) 224-4242 Contact: www.leahy.senate.gov/contact/
Sanders, Bernard - (I - VT)          Class I
(202) 224-5141 Contact: www.sanders.senate.gov/contact/

Cantwell, Maria - (D - WA)         Class I
Murray, Patty - (D - WA)              Class III

Baldwin, Tammy - (D - WI)        Class I
(202) 224-5653 Contact: www.baldwin.senate.gov/contact

Manchin, Joe, III - (D - WV)       Class I
Rockefeller, John D., IV - (D - WV)          Class II

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