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With Paycheck Fairness Vote Today, a Look Back at Republican Scott Brown's Anti-Woman Record and Rhetoric


For Immediate Release: June 5, 2012
Contact: Mathew Helman, Communications Director
E-mail:, Cell: 617-821-8004

BOSTON - As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote later today on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure that would make it easier for victims of gender-based discrimination in the payment of wages to seek redress, Republican Scott Brown's staff has indicated that Brown's constituents in Massachusetts can expect yet another anti-woman vote from Brown.  Just as he did in 2010, Brown is expected to join a right-wing Republican filibuster to kill this important bill that has majority support in the U.S. Senate, putting partisan obstruction ahead of problem-solving and ahead of equal rights for women.

"Republican Scott Brown is adept at coming up with excuses why he won't support women's rights in the U.S. Senate," noted Mathew Helman, Communications Director for ProgressMass.  "Whether the issue is equality in the workplace or access to health care, Republican Scott Brown has voted against women at every turn."

Republican Scott Brown and the Paycheck Fairness Act

Brown Previously Voted to Kill Paycheck Fairness Act. Brown voted against invoking cloture on a motion to proceed to the Paycheck Fairness Act. CBS News reported, "Senate Republicans have succeeded in blocking a measure designed to reduce wage disparities between men and women. The 58-41 vote to take up the Paycheck Fairness Act fell short of the 60 needed to overcome GOP opposition. Civil rights groups, labor leaders and the Obama administration all supported the bill, which would make employers prove that any disparities in wages are job-related and not sex-based. Republicans and business groups said the bill would expose employers to more litigation by removing limits on punitive and compensatory damage awards." [Vote #249, 11/17/10; CBS News, 11/17/10]

Paycheck Fairness Act Would Strengthen Rules Against Pay Discrimination by Closing Looping and Strengthening Incentives. "The Paycheck Fairness Act would have updated the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by closing loopholes, strengthening incentives to prevent pay discrimination and prohibiting retaliation against workers who inquire about employers' wage practices or disclose their own wages, according to the American Association of University Women, which has been pushing for its passage for ten years. It also would have required employers to show that wage gaps are a result of factors other than gender, to collect better data on wages and develop training for women on salary negotiations." [The Nation, 11/17/10]

Women Continue to Make Only 77 cents for Every Dollar Earned by Men. "Democrats cited statistics showing that women today are still paid 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, or $10,784 less a year on average. That's the equivalent of 183 tanks of gas or 92 bags of groceries." [Politico, 5/23/12]

Republican Scott Brown Votes Against Women

Brown Joined Right-Wing Social Crusaders in Co-Sponsoring Anti-Woman Blunt Amendment.  "U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has co-sponsored a bill that would allow health plans to deny coverage both for contraception and any service that violates the planners' beliefs. It was a huge mistake." [Boston Herald, 2/16/12] "What is Senator Scott Brown thinking? This is not a rhetorical question. I really want to know: Why would a Republican hoping to be reelected in Massachusetts leap headlong onto Missouri Senator Roy Blunt's slippery-slope? In case you missed it, Brown cosponsored Blunt's legislation allowing employers to limit insurance coverage for treatments they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds." [Boston Globe, 2/16/12]

Brown Supported House Republican Budget that Eliminated All Federal Money for Planned Parenthood. The House Republican budget that Brown voted for in March 2011 eliminated all $363 million dollars in Planned Parenthood funding, none of which was used to provide abortion services. The money was used by Planned Parenthood to "provide contraceptives, cancer screenings, and pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease testing at community health centers across the country." [ABC News, 4/8/11]

Brown Voted Against Allowing Privately Funded Abortions at Military Hospitals. Brown voted against an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill to "allow privately financed abortions at military hospitals and bases. Current law bans abortions in most cases at military facilities, even if women pay themselves, meaning they must go outside to private hospitals and clinics--an impossibility for many of the estimated 100,000 American servicewomen in foreign countries, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan." Brown's office declined to comment on the vote or the amendment. [New York Times, 6/11/10]

Republican Scott Brown's Rhetoric on Women

Brown Says All He Has Learned from Women Was "How to Cook." Monday, when [Brown's wife Gail] Huff was asked for an example of something she and her daughters had taught her husband, he cut in. "How to cook," Brown joked. [...] When pressed by a reporter for a policy issue, neither came up with an example. [Boston Globe, 3/27/12]

Brown Says He'll Have Female Reporter "Dancing in the Back of the Truck." "The road yesterday took Brown to the Blue Hills Brewery in Canton, where the buttoned-down Wrentham Republican invited this Herald reporter to loosen up and sip brews from small sample cups. 'You can pound those pretty good,' Brown said as he tasted one of the lighter brews. His favorite was a hoppy beer called Red I.P.A. 'Sit down. Try this one. I've seen you in the bars before, don't act like you've never been to a bar,' he said, sliding over a stool. 'We're gonna have her dancing in the back of the truck." Brown then got behind the wheel of his dark green pickup and cruised to his next campaign stop.'" [Boston Herald, 4/12/12]

Brown Calls It "Not Normal" for Two Women to Raise a Child, Unclear If They Are "Two Mothers" or "Husband and Wife." Although Jacques said the reaction to her domestic partner's pregnancy has been "wonderful," the Needham Democrat said she was stung by remarks attributed to state Rep. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, in yesterday's edition of Globe West. [...] "I don't know what their relationship is," Brown said of Jacques and her partner, according to the Globe. "They're certainly not married. There's a difference of philosophy there. Are there two mothers there? Are they husband and wife?" "It's unusual for two women having a baby," Brown also reportedly said. "It's just not normal, in terms of what's normal in today's society." During an interview yesterday, Brown didn't dispute the accuracy of the quotes, but he claimed the Globe didn't report the "complete portrayal" of his comments. [Dedham Transcript, 11/1/01]

Republican Scott Brown's Partisan Voting Record

Brown's Voting Record in the U.S. Senate Overwhelmingly Puts Right-Wing Republican Partisan Obstruction Ahead of Problem-Solving. A new study of Republican Scott Brown's voting record in the U.S. Senate by ProgressMass reveals that, when Brown had the opportunity to oppose Republican obstruction in the U.S. Senate and demonstrate bipartisan leadership, he voted overwhelmingly with his Republican colleagues.  This finding runs directly counter to Republican Scott Brown's recent claims of bipartisanship.  Brown voted with his Republican colleagues at a rate of over 75% (over 93% prior to Elizabeth Warren's entry into the Senate race) to block legislation that had the support of 50 or more Senators, measures that would have passed the U.S. Senate on a so-called "up-or-down vote," according to the ProgressMass review of Brown's Senate record. [ProgressMass, 5/7/12]

"In Tight Votes, Senator Brown Often Loyal to Party." Republican Senator Scott Brown touts his bipartisan voting record on the campaign trail, but a study published Monday by a progressive advocacy group makes the case that Brown has failed to reach across the aisle at key moments. ProgressMass identified 53 bills that had the support of at least 50 senators but lacked the 60 needed to break Republican filibusters and bring the measures to up-or-down votes. On these bills, the study found, Brown sided with his party 76 percent of the time. [Boston Globe, 5/7/12]


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