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Kaine Campaign: When Will George Allen Finally Support Equal Pay for Virginia Women?

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From the Kaine campaign:
 

WHEN WILL GEORGE ALLEN FINALLY SUPPORT EQUAL PAY LEGISLATION FOR VIRGINIA WOMEN?

 

Richmond, VA – As George Allen campaigns across the state of Virginia this week, will he continue to give the more than 620,000 families that rely on a woman’s income radio silence when asked whether he’d vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act?

Last week, Allen was asked to take a position on the equal pay legislation by three media outlets. Instead of voicing support for the common sense bill to combat wage discrimination and remedy the fact that Virginia women still make 79 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts, George Allen declined.

Washington Post: Democrats pounce as Allen won’t take position on pay discrimination bill. “Timothy M. Kaine (D) has made clear he supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is designed to update the 1963 Equal Pay Act. Fellow former governor George Allen, the likely Republican nominee in the race to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D), won’t say how he would vote if he were in the Senate now…”
 
Virginian Pilot: Virginia Dems poke at Allen on pay equity for women. "Allen, who is trying to recapture the Senate seat he lost in 2006, so far has been silent on the Paycheck Fariness Act, state Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, and former state treasurer Jody Wagner said in a conference call with reporters this morning…Emily Davis, an Allen spokeswoman, wouldn’t say where Allen stands on the measure."
 
Richmond Times Dispatch: Dems call on Allen for position on Paycheck Fairness Act. “For two days, Democrats have hammered on Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen for his position on The Paycheck Fairness Act before congress, a bill introduced by five female senators to update the Equal Pay Act signed into law a half-century ago. The Democratic Party of Virginia held a conference call Thursday blasting Allen for not having taken a position on the bill…"

 
In stark contrast, during a women’s forum in Northern Virginia, Tim Kaine voiced strong support for legislation like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. In a statement, Kaine said, "There should be nothing controversial about equal pay for the same day's work. As a father, I want my daughter to enter a workplace that is fair and treats her no different than my sons, and this law will bring us closer to that reality. I urge the Senate to pass this legislation."