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The following article was posted on April 16th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 6 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 6

Political Watch 4/17/14

• The Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley is holding its monthly meeting on Thursay, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 202 Nicholson Ave., in Santa Maria. Yvonne Cudney of the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County will be the guest speaker. She joined the foundation as a staff attorney in 2002 and became the director of litigation in 2006, holding the position until 2011. She was instrumental in obtaining Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a press release from the club. She was recently appointed to the board of the North County Bar Association and received the Women of Excellence Award in 2014 from the Santa Maria Women’s Network. The meeting and presentation are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested for the no-host social and optional dinner that begin at 6 p.m. To contact the Democratic Club Headquarters, call 349-2708.

• Pres. Barack Obama signed two executive orders on April 8 that Democrats say are going to help narrow the gender pay gap. Obama also signed a presidential memorandum to mark April 8 as National Equal Pay Day. U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) issued a statement following Obama’s signing of the orders that said the orders “are yet another step toward protecting American working women and ensuring equity and fairness in the workplace.” The statement said one of the orders would ban federal contractors from punishing employees who talk about their pay and give women the power to find out if they’re being treated equally in the workplace, while the second order requires those same contractors to submit data to the Department of Labor on pay by race and gender. “It’s time to put an end to this wage gap so that America can work for everybody,” Capps said in the statement. “While these orders are a step forward, there is more that we must do—and it will take Congressional action to do it.” Women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in the United States. According to an article in USA Today, the Obama administration was also pressing Republican lawmakers to get behind the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act, which the Senate failed to pass on April 9 by six votes. The measure has failed two other times. Republicans dismissed Obama’s executive action and the push on the Paycheck Fairness Act as a “desperate political ploy,” according the USA Today article, which also quoted from a memo distributed by GOP officials to reporters. “It’s been against the law to pay a woman less than a man with comparable experience in the same job since the Equal Pay Act of 1963,” USA Today quoted from the memo. “The ‘fix’ that Democrats propose, then, won’t change that. It would, however, tightly regulate how employers can pay their employees.”