House GOP Women Ignore Reality, Say Obama Presidency Will Negatively Affect Women

December 16, 2009 3:27 pm ET

On December 16, 2009, House Republican women held a discussion panel to reveal how they think the Obama administration will negatively affect America's women.  Apparently, these women are against equal pay and health care for children.

House Republican Women Discussed Obama's Effect Upon Women

House Republicans Held Conference On Perceived Negative Impact Of Obama Policies On Women.  The Hill reported that House Republican Conference Vice-Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers hosted a discussion titled "The Administration's Policies of 2009 - A Woman's Perspective" that focused on "how the Obama administration's domestic and foreign policy agendas will negatively impact women on every economic and professional level." [The Hill, 12/14/09, subscription required]

  • Panel Included Former Elected Officials And CEOs.  House Republican discussion panelists included "former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Victoria C. Clarke, former Lieutenant Governor of New York Betsy McCaughey, former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.) and Amy Nichols, president and CEO of Dogtopia, a national pet care company." [The Hill, 12/14/09, subscription required; emphasis added]

President Obama Has Made Several Advancements To Support American Women

President Obama Created A White House Counsel On Women And Girls.  NPR reported: "President Obama announced the creation of the White House Counsel on Women and Girls yesterday. It's an office he says will address problems like balancing work and home, childcare and the prevention of violence against women." [NPR.org, 3/12/09]

Obama Administration Concerned About The Economy's Effect Upon Women.  While speaking about the White House Counsel on Women and Girls, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said, "I'm glad you brought up the economy, because as everyone knows, all the American people are aware it's the number one front issue on everyone's mind and the first priority of the president. And so all of our programs are focused on the economy. And so as we think about women, we need to think about them in the workplace. Many times, women want to be in the workplace. They either don't have the job training skills that they need or they don't have the daycare that they need. Often in our current climate, we're finding that as people's incomes are declining, childcare becomes more of a stretch. So let's figure out new ways of making childcare more affordable so that women can make that work-life balance that - where the burden really falls on them."  [NPR.org, 3/12/09]

President Obama Signed Legislation Ensuring Equal Pay For Women

The First Bill President Obama Signed Was Equal-Pay Legislation For Women.  According to the New York Times: "President Obama signed his first bill into law on Thursday, approving equal-pay legislation that he said would 'send a clear message that making our economy work means making sure it works for everybody.' Mr. Obama was surrounded by a group of beaming lawmakers, most but not all of them Democrats, in the East Room of the White House as he affixed his signature to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law named for an Alabama woman who at the end of a 19-year career as a supervisor in a tire factory complained that she had been paid less than men...'It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign - the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act - we are upholding one of this nation's first principles: that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness,' the president said." [New York Times, 1/29/09]

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Made Pay Discrimination Illegal.  GovTrack.us reported that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 is "A bill to amend title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and to modify the operation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to clarify that a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice that is unlawful under such Acts occurs each time compensation is paid pursuant to the discriminatory compensation decision or other practice, and for other purposes." [GovTrack.us, accessed 12/16/09]

President Obama Ensured All American Children Have Access To Basic Health Care

President Obama Signed Legislation Providing Health Care For Millions Of American Children.  The Chicago Tribune reported: "President Barack Obama signed legislation Wednesday to expand publicly funded health insurance for children, marking a historic shift in Washington's political landscape and providing the White House its biggest victory since Obama took office...That would reduce the number of uninsured children in America by about half over the next 41/2 years and boost the number covered by the program to 11 million...'The way I see it, providing coverage to 11 million children ... is a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American,' Obama said before signing the bill in the White House." [Chicago Tribune, 2/5/09]

SCHIP Responsible For Covering Thousands Of American Children Who Lost Their Parents' Employer-Based Coverage.  The Kaiser Family Foundation found that "Medicaid and SCHIP helped reduce the uninsured rate for low-income children by about one-third.  That trend reversed after 2004.  From 2004 to 2006, public coverage rates did not change and the decline in employer coverage resulted in 1 million more uninsured children. In 2007, the number of uninsured children declined by 570,000 as a result of an increase in public coverage." [Kaiser Family Foundation, accessed 1/12/09, emphasis added]

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