House addresses the gender pay gap and Senate speeds up nomination process

House addresses the gender pay gap and Senate speeds up nomination process

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Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) speaking from the House chamber
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) speaking from the House chamber

From Washington, DC, this is On the Hill. Doug Christian reporting.

Capitol Hill – The House passed H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act designed “to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.” A dozed similar bills have been introduced in the House since 1997. H.R. 7 has a 37% chance of passing in the Senate and being enacted.

H.R. 7 Co-sponsored by Rep. Susan Wild (D-Penn.) says of the bill:

(Audio: Wild)

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) says of Rep. Wild’s understanding:

(Audio: Byrne)

Before being elected as a representative to the state of Pennsylvania, Rep. Susan Wild (D-Penn.) became a partner at the law firm Gross McGinley in 1999.

Looking forward, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed cloture to speed up votes to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees to federal courts and to executive branch positions. Senate Resolution 50 would  speed up procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate. The resolution “would shorten that debate time from 30 hours to only two hours for the vast majority of presidential nominees. The exceptions would be for Supreme Court nominees, circuit court nominees, and Cabinet-level officials.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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