McCain Does Not Support Equal Pay, And He Has the Record to Prove It

Our guest blogger is Adam Jentleson, the Communications and Outreach Director for the Hyde Park Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

At a town hall today, McCain said his record shows that he is “committed to making sure that there’s equal pay for equal work” for women:

We haven’t done enough. We have not done enough. And I’m committed to making sure that there’s equal pay for equal work. That there is equal opportunity in every aspect of our society. And that is my record and you can count on it.

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Nothing could be further from the truth: McCain has consistently opposed efforts to guarantee women equal pay for equal work — and he has the record to prove it.


In April, McCain opposed a major Senate bill seeking equal pay for women. He told an audience in Kentucky that the real issue is disparities in education and training among women and men.

In 2000, McCain opposed an amendment that aimed to “provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex.”

In 1985, McCain voted against a study to investigate pay differences among federal employees, and determine whether they were the result of discrimination. [1985 CQ Almanac; HR 3008, vote # 318, 10/9/85]

In fact, McCain’s record proves that for decades, he has opposed efforts to make sure that women receive equal pay for equal work.