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Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is stepping up his call for equal pay for women, reinforcing a top election-year issue for Democrats eager to mobilize women to vote.

In his Saturday radio and Internet address, Obama calls it an embarrassment that women earn less than men even in the same professions and with the same education.

Obama this week issued an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries. Such an order is considered a way for women to become better informed about their pay.

In the weekly Republican address, congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington says the economy under Obama is hurting women. She says Republican proposals to help small businesses and increase jobs will benefit women as well as men.

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Online:

Obama address: http://www.whitehouse.gov

Republican address: http://www.youtube.com/user/HouseConference

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Nick April 12 2014 at 9:59 AM

Typical, the democrates haven't done anything about this for like ever, and all of sudden, due to upcoming elections they suddenly think it is the most important issue out there! Hypocrites.

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fastkata7d April 12 2014 at 9:42 AM

More meaningless babble from the spineless Dick-tater.

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crlshrs April 12 2014 at 9:49 AM

Anyone who understands business and economics knows this kind of increase is a disaster. This administration wants this for the tax/fica revenues it will create--they could give a rat,s pititouy about the low wage earner.

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riche113 April 12 2014 at 6:00 PM

obama is a shister, fraud and fake. I do not believe one word he mutters from his useless piehole!!!

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tonycgi April 12 2014 at 9:57 AM

Say anything, do anything for a vote. Difference in pay not 26 cents as White House says, but 6 cents, but it is the higher number in the White house!

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ricklexus April 12 2014 at 3:06 PM

Reminds me of the proposed increase in the minimum wage...its not just $8.00 an hour workers who get a huge raise, but now the guy or gal making $11.00 an hour want that gap increase for their 5-6 years of experience. So the while some go from 8 to 10, others go from 11 to 14, others from 14 to 18 the total cost is huge for businesses because workers comp will increase, payroll taxes increase, bottom line DECREASE and the threat of keeping your doors open a reality. Not to mention the potential turmoil in your workplace about who makes what.

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Anthony April 12 2014 at 10:06 AM

I'd like his salary.

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cq8383 April 12 2014 at 3:50 PM

ticknert - stupidity.......Whoosh hit you right in your fat head. Why doesn't Obama pay the women that work in the White House the same as he pays the men? FACT: women working in this White House make less then their male counterparts.

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Pam cq8383 April 12 2014 at 5:48 PM

Please back that up with a link to fact-check that FACT> Thank You

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cq8383 Pam April 12 2014 at 6:00 PM

Pam: My link is Jay Carney himself....... who stood at his podium and had to deflect this very question. His reply......yes the women do make less but only "a few percentage points less". Look it up, just like I do when I search for truth/fact.

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frabittz April 12 2014 at 11:08 AM

? Does this mean that if I crank out 500 parts a day at the shop and the woman that takes the same position as me and only turns out 150 parts a day that she should make the same amount? I think not!

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sagolfermanjohn April 12 2014 at 4:19 PM

Pay equality at the White House first.

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