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Gianforte continues to oppose to equal pay for equal work

During failed race for governor, Gianforte came out against equal pay legislation

HELENA - As the Montana Legislature and the U.S. House consider equal pay legislation, Montana women remember the actions of failed candidate for governor, New Jersey multi-millionaire Greg Gianforte, who questioned the importance of equal pay legislation. Gianforte also funded D.C. special interest groups that worked to block bills ensuring equal pay for equal work.

"Greg Gianforte’s cozy relationship with D.C. special interests that have long fought against equal pay legislation sends a red flag to Montanans across the state," said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. "Equal pay for equal work is not only a women’s rights issue but an economic issue. We need a representative in the U.S. House who will represent the interests of Montanans -- not D.C. lobbyists."

While running for governor, Gianforte criticized Governor Steve Bullock for making “a big deal over this equal pay for women” and stated his opposition to equal pay legislation saying, “I don't think we should be legislating equality of outcomes.”

Gianforte’s  irresponsible and inappropriate rhetoric on equal pay is strikingly similar to the views of D.C. interest groups Gianforte has funded: the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity.

Gianforte has given thousands of dollars to the D.C. based group, Heritage Foundation that lobbied against equal pay legislation in Congress calling equal pay legislation “misguided,” and arguing that “women are doing fine.” Americans for Prosperity has also long opposed equal pay legislation.

Yesterday, Montana state Senator Diane Sands (D-Missoula) introduced the Montana Paycheck Transparency Act that calls for greater wage transparency in the workplace. Similar pay transparency legislation to ensure equal pay for equal work is being debated in Congress.

 

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