The Fair Pay Act was up for vote Tuesday in the U.S. Senate, and though Wyoming has the largest gender pay gap in the nation, both senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, voted “Nay.”
A media release from Enzi's office explained the senator did not feel the bill was necessary because we already have Title VII and the Equal Pay Act, which have been around since 1964 and 1963, respectively. The justification of Enzi's vote was titled, “Statement on the Profiteering Trial Lawyers Bonanza Bill,” a sarcastic headline alluding to the senator's later clarification that he believes passing the bill would incite frivolous class-action lawsuits. Barrasso's press secretary, Laura Mengelkamp, sent a statement from the senator via e-mail stating the bill was another election year distraction by Senate Democrats that will not create jobs.
Only three Republicans in the Senate voted in favor of the bill. Neither senators' offices were willing to clarify whether the priority of their votes were primarily in the interest of the GOP or the State of Wyoming.