GOP Rep: Forget Equal Pay Laws, Women ‘Don’t Want The Decisions Made In Washington’

On Meet the Press Sunday morning, Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn pivoted from lauding women’s increased presence in the workforce to dodging a question about their protection under federal law.

Responding a Pew Research Poll that found women are the primary breadwinners in forty percent of households, Blackburn pointed out that America has shifted to an information-based economy—not dissimilar from a point made by Melissa Harris-Perry’s panel on Saturday—and said that Republicans “need to be the Great Opportunity Party.”

David Axelrod couldn’t resist. “How about pay equity laws to ensure that women are treated fairly in the workplace?” he asked her.

“I think that more important than that is making certain that women are recognized by those companies,” Blackburn said. “I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female, I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job. And making certain that companies are going to move forward in that vein—that is what women want. They don’t want the decisions made in Washington. They want to be able to have the power and the control and the ability to make those decisions for themselves.”

Watch the whole segment here:

[h/t ThinkProgress]

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