As Women’s History Month 2019 ends, I find it appalling that the final week of March saw Congresspersons Glenn Thompson and Mike Kelly voted against HR 7, which would expand federal laws from barring employers from paying women less than their male colleagues for the same work! It would also prohibit retaliation by employers for those who disclose the imbalance and prohibit using salary histories in setting pay levels. Fortunately for half the population of America, thanks to the majority Democratic Congress and a new influx of female representatives, the bill passed 242-187.
Also, this majority killed a bill that capped attorney contingency fees and expenses in lawsuits occurring under HR 7. Topping off the week/month, Thompson and Kelly were not on board to eliminate Trump’s ban on transgenders in the US military (a woman’s issue for half of this population) and they voted “no” to override DJT’s ridiculous, quasi “national emergency” on border security which by and large impact women and children seeking asylum from violence.
Let’s get out and contact our U.S. Senators Casey and Toomey to vote in favor of these female and family issues and tell Trump, Kelly, and Thompson that we disapprove of their stances and will remember when next entering the election booth.
P.S.: After Congress failed to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) prior to the government shutdown, the U.S. House will vote on renewing the Violence Against Women Act this first week of April. Write, email and/or call your legislators and tell them your desire to see this passed.