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LA GOP Fails Women and Working Families, Twice in One Hearing

BATON ROUGE – Today, the Republican-dominated House Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations voted to kill bills aimed at addressing women’s pay equity and the dangerously low state minimum wage. When given the opportunity to address the inequality that ranks our state at dead last in the entire country for gender pay equity, Rep. Lenar Whitney and six other Republicans voted to kill the bill. Despite the fact that women make up more than half our workforce, the state GOP once again stood against guaranteeing our mothers and our daughters equal pay for equal work.

Immediately on the heels of their party-line vote to deny women equal pay, the Republicans on the labor committee continued their war on working people with a vote to kill an increase in the minimum wage. In a state where one in three tipped workers is trying to support a family, the GOP’s callous vote against raising the wage represents an attack on the families they are were elected to serve.

“Less than 48 hours after Rep. Whitney railed against discrimination against women, today she cast the deciding vote to kill pay equity,” said Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “She demonstrated that her threshold for acceptable discrimination against women is quite high.”

He concluded: “Time and time again we see the state GOP voting against what the people of Louisiana want and thinking they are going to get away with it. Voters will have something to say about that in October.”