(Via Feminist Majority Foundation and Quick Hits). The House passed two worker's rights measures today: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Play Act (247-171) and the Paycheck Fairness Act (256-163). The votes were overwhelmingly along partisan lines, but there were a few exceptions. Howie Klein has the partisan dissenters on the Lilly Ledbetter Act:
Five of the worst reactionary fake Democrats-- Allen Boyd (Blue Dog-FL), Bobby Bright (freshman wingnut-AL), Dan Boren (Blue Dog-OK), Parker Griffith (freshman wingnut-AL), Travis Childers (wingnut-MS)-- joined all but 3 Republicans in voting against equal rights for America's working women. The 3 Republicans: Chris Smith (NJ), Ed Whitfield (KY) and Don Young (AK).
I am so sick of Boyd. His name seems to crop up in every list like this, from Social Security, to SChip, to Iraq, to FISA, and more. That is a primary challenge I would support in a heartbeat. As for the freshman, why did we even bother spending money on them, if they can't even support this? There really needs to be DCCC related penalties for voting behavior like this.
Walk Minnick, a freshman Democrat from Idaho, joined Griffith and Bright in voting against the Paycheck fairness act, too. Nice.
Only ten Republicans crossed over on the Paycheck fairness act, including Chris Smith (New Jersey) who was the only Republican to vote for both bills. That is pretty tepid bi-partisan support for two pieces of legislation that should not be controversial. Fortunately, it was support we did not need to pass the bills. This will hopefully serve as a lesson for future legislation.
Generally speaking, the reason Democrats and Republicans vote differently is not out of spite or a lack of communication, but because they have different values and beliefs. There is nothing wrong with this, especially since, right now, we don't need Republican support to pass legislation. So, why not just pass legislation that will make people's lives better, while Republicans vote against it en masse? The only end result I can see to that course of action will be a generational Democratic majority.