(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- The debate over the ill-fated Paycheck Fairness Act in the U.S. Senate has been said to more closely resemble the taping of campaign ads rather than a debate of the issue.
Two Democrats running for Congress in Kentuckiana have picked up on the issue, which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) largely ignored until pressed on his opposition on Tuesday.
"This issue is about rewarding plaintiffs' lawyers for filing lawsuits," McConnell said. The Democrats’ “view is America suffers from not enough litigation."
The bill failed to get enough votes to overcome a GOP filibuster in the Senate, yet Shelli Yoder in Indiana's Ninth Congressional District and Bill Adkins in Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District hope to make it an issue in House races this fall.
"Pay discrimination affects the ability of working families to make ends meet," Yoder said in pushing for incumbent Todd Young (R-IN9) to support the bill.
“This bill will go a long way to ending such pay disparities and improving the economic condition of many Hoosiers." Yoder added, "As your Congresswoman, I will work to put working families on the top of the agenda in Congress, including the support of this critical bill. The time has come to make equal pay a reality."
Adkins said the Senate vote was an extreme show of partisanship.
“It’s hard to believe in 2012 we are still talking about equal pay for American women,” Adkins said. “My six daughters and granddaughter deserve an America that doesn’t discriminate against women because of their gender. There is absolutely no reason to vote against equal pay legislation. Those who voted against the legislation did so for purely cynical political reasons. This is why so many Americans have lost faith in Congress. Protection for women and children used to be bi-partisan.”
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY3) is an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act in the House, which stalled last year in the Republican-led chamber.