April 9, 2014 8:39 am -

Like the Honey Badger, they don’t care.

Most Senate Republicans are expected to unite on Wednesday to block the legislation, which would allow workers to compare salaries without the threat of retaliation, force companies to explain pay disparities between men and women and allow those discriminated against to seek punitive damages.Democrats are pushing the bill because they say it’s good policy — but also to force Republicans into taking a tough vote ahead of the midterm elections. But the GOP seems perfectly comfortable killing the bill, risking legions of negative headlines and coordinated Democratic attacks on the GOP as a party out of touch with women.

Republicans argue the bill is unnecessary, given existing pay laws, and will increase litigation rather than encourage pay equity between men and women. And they say that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s tight grip on the chamber’s amendment process is preventing their alternatives from ever seeing the light of day.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.