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Senate Proceeding 01-21-09 on Jan 21st, 2009 :: 2:29:40 to 2:35:10
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Patrick Leahy

2:29:36 to 2:29:56( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: from vermont be allowed minutes on whatever subject he chooses after which the senator from ohio would have 12 minutes after which i would have the floor to speak on my amendment. the presiding officer: is there objection? is there objection? without objection, so ordered. the senator from vermont.

Patrick Leahy

2:29:40 to 2:35:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Patrick Leahy

Patrick Leahy

2:29:57 to 2:30:17( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: mr. leahy: madam president, i thank the senator from texas, but i especially thank my dear friend from goingo miss around here. madam president, i held hearing in which lilly ledbetter testified before the senate

Patrick Leahy

2:30:18 to 2:30:42( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: judiciary committee. it was one of the hearings we have had. the fact that a very activist, very republican supreme court had basically written

Patrick Leahy

2:30:43 to 2:31:03( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: deny her her rights was shocking to everybody before that committee. and i think we have to pass a bipartisan lilly ledbetter fair pay restoration act so employers are not rewarded for dec workers about conduct. and maybe it is a signal to the

Patrick Leahy

2:31:04 to 2:31:27( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: supreme court to stop legislating. stop being an activist court. uphold the law as we write it. one of the justice department's roles is to protect the civil rights of all americans, protect them against discrimination. and the

Patrick Leahy

2:31:28 to 2:31:49( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: created a victims to receive justice. that is a mistake when advanced by the bush, gonzalez, justice department. it was a mistake when five justices of the supreme court adopted the justice department's erroneous interpretation of congressiona intent. and it culminated in an

Patrick Leahy

2:31:50 to 2:32:10( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: erroneous, and i would say outrageous opinion written by justice shraoe know. i understand the justices on the other side of the aisle introduced amendments to the legislation. they have that right. it is my opinion the a pldz ands should be opposed -- the

Patrick Leahy

2:32:11 to 2:32:33( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: amendments should be it will be primarily women who will be discriminated because they will learn so well how to discriminate against women. i wonder if i might have order. the presiding officer: the senator is correct. i would ask that members remove their conversations from the floor. mr. leahy: now, we're going to hear that this might encourage workers who are being

Patrick Leahy

2:32:34 to 2:32:56( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: as a result of discrimination to delay fing. that defies logic. anyone testimony before senate judiciary committee, the senate health, education, labor and pension committee knows that she, like other victims of pay discrimination have no incentive to delay filing suit.

Patrick Leahy

2:32:57 to 2:33:19( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: but employers, based on the errone supreme court, the activist interpretation by the supreme court, employers now have a great incentive to delay revealing their discriminatory conduct. blanket the reality is many employers do not allow their employees to learn how their compensation compares to their coworkers.

Patrick Leahy

2:33:20 to 2:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: they can hide it and hide it and hide it finally retire, pray that they never find out how they're discriminated against. and then say when they find out, "my goodness, gracious, you should have filed suit earlier." the fact is we had it all locked up where you couldn't possibly know you're being discriminated

Patrick Leahy

2:33:41 to 2:34:01( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: against is your fault. it seems it's always the woman employee's fault. that's wrong. workers like ms. ledbetter are the ones not their employees the bipartisan ledbetter pay restoration the protections built into existing law for employers such

Patrick Leahy

2:34:02 to 2:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: as limiting back pay in most cases to two years. it doe existing statute of limitations, but instead it reinstates the interpretation of when the 180-time limit begins to run, interpretation that was run over roughshod by the bush administration and its urging by

Patrick Leahy

2:34:23 to 2:34:43( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: their appointees on the united states supreme court. opponents may raise other excuses. they'll claim that lawyers may benefit. the reality is ledbetter's decision could lead to more litigation because people tphaoefl to file premature -- people feel they have to file premature cases.

Patrick Leahy

2:34:44 to 2:35:06( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the lilly ledbetter fair pay act is workers the time to consider they have to work out solutions with their employers. i'm going to support -- i'm going to support those who put it in and comports completely with what we learned in judiciary committee.

Patrick Leahy

2:35:07 to 2:35:12( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: i applaud maryland. i applaud her cosponsors.

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