Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pete Sessions votes against Lilly Ledbetter--again

For a second time, Pete Sessions voted against Lilly Ledbetter, this time casting a vote against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. This act is in response to the Supreme Court Decision saying that Lilly Ledbetter should have sued her employer for gender-based pay discrimination within 180 days. Essentially, the Supreme Court threw this one back to Congress to change the 180-day rule, which it did with this new Act. In this new bill, each paycheck can be used as evidence of pay discrimination. The bill passed on a straight party-line vote, 247-171, with 15 not voting.

For more information, see Congress.Org; roll call information is at this link: H.R. 11, Roll Number 9.

In a related bill, the House passed HR 12, which allows victims of pay discrimination to sue for damages, prevents companies from punishing employees who share pay information, and puts the burden of proof on companies to show that any pay inequity is due to job performance. This bill passed 256-163, with a few crossover votes from Republicans, and Pete Sessions among the "no" voters. An equal number of Republicans and Democrats did not cast a vote. The bill will be added to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. For more information, see H.R. 12, Roll Number 8.


John Peterson said...

Looks like this vote was pretty much along party lines. is awesome.


Sessions Watch said...

Yeah, GovTrack is awsome. I enjoy watching these votes come in, and I always wonder about the people who cast no votes--especially HR 12, where 7 Republicans and 7 Democrats cast no vote. What's up with that? Coincidence? A planned boycott? Very curious. If I had time, I'd do "no vote watch!"