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Democrats look for political advantage on Equal Pay Day

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Posted at 5:59 AM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 05:59:00-04

WASHINGTON - Tuesday marks Equal Pay Day, a symbolic event dramatizing how much longer it takes a woman to earn as much as a man - and an annual opportunity for Democrats to lambast Republicans for inaction on the issue.

This time it comes amid a presidential campaign where the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, has alienated women voters in droves. Once again this year Republicans have little to offer in return as President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers trumpet their equal pay proposals at news conferences and briefings,

Democrats support legislation requiring employers to show pay disparity is not based on gender, among other steps.

But Republicans who control the House and Senate have announced no plans to act, even though a few GOP lawmakers are pushing bills of their own.