Just days after an internal report found that the Republican Party is alienating female voters by opposing equal pay laws, the party attempted to reverse that trend in a tweet.
"This #LaborDay, the White House & Democrats believe paying women less than men is an acceptable practice," the Republican National Committee tweeted. "All Republicans support equal pay."
— RNC (@GOP) September 1, 2014
The tweet seems to paper over the party's voting record. Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would make it easier for women to sue their employers over pay discrimination. The first bill President Barack Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and Democrats in Congress have spent the past two years pushing equal pay as part of their women's economic agenda.
Republicans, meanwhile, challenge the notion that a pay gap exists at all. They are also quick to point out that the White House has its own pay gap. The White House says all of its employees receive equal pay for equal work, but that women are more highly concentrated in junior-level positions.
According to the new poll and report commissioned by Republicans, the party's strategy on equal pay has been failing among women voters. The research, first reported by Politico, found that women strongly support policies that enforce "equal pay for equal work" and that "Republicans who openly deny the legitimacy of the issue will be seen as out of touch with women’s life experiences."