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Hillary Clinton blasts Republicans for blocking equal pay

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the South Carolina House Democratic Women's Caucus and the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council at their third annual Day in Blue in Columbia, S.C., May 27, 2015. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

In a speech to the South Carolina House Democratic Women’s Caucus and the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council, Hillary Clinton once again made it clear that women’s economic issues would be at the forefront of her campaign. In an obvious rebuke of some of her Republican opponents, Clinton criticized the obstruction of equal pay legislation in Congress. The GOP has repeatedly blocked efforts to pass such legislation, as they see it as mainly a “campaign issue” for the Democrats. While she didn’t name names, it was obvious that she was directing her words at Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Scott Walker, who have all been outright dismissive of equal pay legislation. “To that I say, what century are they living in?” she said. “We could fix this if Republicans could get on board. We could in fact fix this today, but they won’t. When any parent is shortchanged, the entire family is shortchanged, and when families are shortchanged, America is shortchanged. And therefore, this is not a women’s issue, this is a family issue and an American economic issue.” In her speech, Clinton outlined some of the policies she would support as president to address wage inequality: passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, promoting pay transparency to provide women with information to better negotiate their earnings, supporting paid family leave, and raising the minimum wage. She pointed out that lower-wage jobs are disproportionately held by women.

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