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Take Action Senate to vote on S. 181
Tell your Senators to OPPOSE S. 181!
UPDATE:  On January 22, 2009, the Senate debated the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (S. 181).  Although many Republicans voted on the motion to proceed to debate of this bill on the basis that they would be allowed to offer amendments, the Democrat Majority motioned to table (kill) every one of the Republican-offered amendments, with the exception of the substitute amendment offered by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).  After an entire day of debate, the Senate voted and passed S. 181 by a vote of 61 to 36 (Roll Call 14).  This bill will now go to conference so that the House and Senate can resolve language discrepancies.  When we learn which Members of Congress are appointed as conferees, we will post them on the Eagle Forum website so you can contact them and urge them to remove the worsened provisions contained in the Senate bill.


January 14, 2009
 
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 181, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, on January 13, 2009. The vote on the motion to proceed to debate of this bill will take place tomorrow, Thursday, January 15th. No Senate committee will be able to hold hearings before the vote.

Please note that S. 181 is different than the House passed version of the Lilly Ledbetter bill, H.R. 11. S. 181 is worse. Not only will it overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (2007), which upheld the timely filing of claims of alleged pay discrimination, S. 181 would also expand the class of potential plaintiffs to anyone "affected by" discrimination. A plausible reading of this language means a spouse or heir who receives pension checks and was not a victim of discrimination would have standing to file a lawsuit.

This is a dangerous addition to an already destructive bill. At a time when more than 11 million Americans are unemployed, the highest unemployment rate in sixteen years, these bills would expose large and small companies to vast new liabilities extending back decades. What our economy needs now is for businesses to hire more workers in America, but they are not going to do that if it means exposing themselves to expensive and frivolous litigation. The only things these two bills will stimulate are more litigation and a further exodus of jobs out of the United States.

Please note that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) has introduced a great alternative piece of legislation that Eagle Forum supports, S. 166, the Title VII Fairness Act.  Please tell your Senators to oppose S. 181 and urge them to get behind S. 166.

Call your Senators' offices NOW and tell them to vote NO on the cloture motion to proceed!
After you contact the Senators in your state, begin calling this target list of Senators who need extra persuasion to vote NO on S. 181:

Snowe (R-ME)
Collins (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Casey (D-PA)
Tester (D-MT)
Webb (D-VA)
Reid (D-NV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Risch (R-ID)
Freshman Senator
Johanns (R-NE) Freshman Senator
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