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Sen. McConnell: Democrats have a 'bizarre obsession' with equal pay for women

The gap in pay between men and women is still embarrassingly wide, especially in a country supposedly so rich with equality as the United States of America. Despite the reality, some Republicans can't see the obvious.

Sen. Mitch McConnell thinks Democrats have a 'bizarre obsession' with women's pay issues.
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Earlier this week, two prominent Republicans took shots at Democrats, claiming that they were using the issue of gender pay inequality as nothing more than a political pawn to further their agenda. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), the GOP conference's vice chair, described the Democrats push of gender pay issue equality as "condescending," claiming that many women she spoke to felt like they were simply being used a pawn by the Democrats.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took his criticism a step further, accusing Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) of having a "bizarre obsession" with women's equality in the work place.

"Instead of focusing on jobs, (Reid) launched into another confusing attack on the left's latest bizarre obsession...Democrats chose to ignore serious job-creation ideas so they could blow a few kisses to their powerful pals on the left."

Multiple studies, including research from the Institute of Women's Policy Research, have concluded that women make only 77 cents on the dollar compared to the pay of men who perform the same job.

"In 2012, female full-time workers made only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 23 percent. Women, on average, earn less than men in virtually every single occupation for which there is sufficient earnings data for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio."

McConnell's assertion that Democrats have an "obsession" over closing the gender wage gap might be true, but it's an obsession that Democrats, Republicans, Independents and all those in between should think about having also.

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