Daily Whipline

March 27, 2019

MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019                                                                                                           

House Meets At…

Votes Predicted At…

10:00 a.m. Morning Hour

12:00 p.m. Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side

First Votes: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Last Votes: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30p.m.

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED

IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Under a Rule (1 bill):

H.R. 7 – Paycheck Fairness Act (Rep. DeLauro – Education and Labor)

The Paycheck Fairness Act is an important step toward ending gender-based wage discrimination and ensuring all women receive equal pay for equal work. The Paycheck Fairness Act:

    • Requires employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons and not based on gender alone.
    • Bans retaliation against workers who discuss their wages and limits how employers can use salary history of prospective employees.
    • Removes obstacles in the Equal Pay act to allow workers to participate in class action lawsuits that challenge systemic pay discrimination,
    • Improves the Department of Labor’s (DOL) tools for enforcing the Equal Pay Act.

The Rule provides for one hour of debate and makes in order the following amendments:

Foxx Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Strikes Section 8 relating to the collection by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of pay information and other employment-related data (including hiring, termination, and promotion data) disaggregated by the sex, race, and national origin of employees.

Torres Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)

Recognizes the severity of the gender wage gap for girls and women of color.

Torres Amendment #3 (10 minutes of debate)

Specifies that research and education efforts conducted by the Secretary of Labor shall highlight the gender pay gap’s impact on women and girls of color.

Byrne Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Changes the “any factor other than sex” defense in the Equal Pay Act to be “a bona fide business-related reason other than sex.” Strikes Section 3(a)(B) in H.R. 7 that delineates criteria to be applied when asserting a factor other than sex defense to an Equal Pay Act claim.

Waters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Clarifies that the studies conducted by the Department of Labor concerning the elimination of pay disparities between men and women must include information about, and an analysis of, women of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Vargas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

The business defense for justifying pay disparities shall not apply if it is related to use of leave provided to similarly situated employees or otherwise authorized by federal, state, or local law, or if such defense is related to whether or not an employee has children.

Beyer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Directs EEOC not to collect compensation data under Section 8 of this Act from employers with fewer than 100 employees.

Lawrence Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requires the Department of Labor to conduct a study on the gender pay gap in the teenage workforce and provide recommendations for how to address the gap.

Brown Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Makes it unlawful to discriminate against an employee for inquiring or discussing with the employer why the wages of the employee are set at a certain rate or salary.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.”

Margaret Wheatley