Explaining 2008 in 3 Minutes

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NO! He Didn’t!

So, Walt Minnick voted FOR the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act, but AGAINST the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Can you explain THAT one?  Do you understand what the act is about?  I do.  You can read up a bit here.

What the fuck, Walt?  You spit in the face of the women who voted for you, who worked to get you into office?  I promise you – THIS is the kind of stuff I remember and keep in a file called NEVER FORGET.

Howie – Down With Tyranny on the votes today.

Before the vote, the Republicans tried to use a parliamentary maneuver to kill the bill. It was soundly defeated 240-178. Interestingly 9 reactionary fake Democrats strolled across the aisle to vote with the GOP on this, knowing full well that these kinds of procedural votes don’t get held against you when you go begging to labor unions for money at election time:

Bobby Bright (AL)
Chris Carney (Blue Dog-PA)

Travis Childers (MS)
Jim Marshall (Blue Dog-GA)
Jim Matheson (Blue Dog-UT)

Walt Minnick (ID)
Harry Mitchell (AZ)
Heath Shuler (Blue Dog-NC)
Gene Taylor (Blue Dog-MS)


More on Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay

Last Friday I happened upon a discussion of the Employee Choice Act (ECA) on CSPAN.  The executive director of American Rights at Work, Mary Beth Maxwell, was on American Journal explaining the ECA and taking/answering questions.  The AFL/CIO blog has this up at their blog on Ms Maxwell’s appearance.

The legislation, also known as the card-check bill, would give labor leaders the right to organize workers through open petitions rather than secret ballots, and would, union leaders say, prevent employers from exerting undue and potentially intimidating influence over the process.

Video at CSPAN.

Then today while Hilda Solis was in front of the okaying committee regarding her nomination as Labor Secretary, the House was voting on two bills: 1) the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (H.R. 11); and, 2) the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 12) today.

Christy at firedoglake has video up of an extraordinarily passionate speech on the House floor by Rep. Rosa DeLauro,who introduced this bill 10 YEARS AGO!  10 YEARS!  The video is below.  Last year in April, I wrote a bit about the Ledbetter act and Justice Ginsberg’s blistering denouncement of the Supreme Court’s decision to waylay the Ledbetter decision.  Christy wrote splendidly that here and on Justice Ginsberg’s accomplishments for women.