LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - McMorris Rodgers' stand is troubling

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been representing Washington's 5th Congressional District in Washington, D.C., since 2005.

In 2009 the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law. It restored workers' rights to challenge illegal wage discrimination in the federal courts. It restored women's rights as well as men's rights as defined under the act.

Specifically, the law was the result of one woman's struggle for fair pay in relationship to her co-workers at Goodyear Tire. That relationship was highlighted by the fact there was an inequity in women's pay when compared to men's pay with regard to men and women employed for the same job description.

McMorris Rodgers voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Thankfully it ultimately passed with little thanks to the GOP - and restored worker's rights to challenge illegal wage discrimination in federal courts.

I am puzzled why any woman would have voted against this act, whether as a congressional representative representing her district or by any woman in the 5th Congressional District through her vote for McMorris Rodgers.

I am puzzled why any man, married or unmarried, in a relationship, where the wife/partner also works thereby defining that marriage or relationship as a "two-income household," would vote for a congressional representative who voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, thereby in effect potentially reducing that voters combined household income.

How could anyone vote against their wife's or partner's right to a fair wage based on the relationship between men and women in their place of work, if not for the obvious fairness of it, then at least for the obvious financial impact it would have on a two-income household?

If you voted for and/or still support McMorris Rodgers, your vote was and is against your wife's or partner's right to a fair wage based on the relationship between men and women in their place of work. How can that be?

R.L. McFarland

Walla Walla

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