How Many Republicans Voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Act?

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Mitt Romney, displaying the political courage we’ve come to expect from him, has declined to take a public stand on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. So does that mean we’re doomed to simply guess what he thinks? Steve Benen says no: “There’s ample evidence that the Romney campaign and its surrogates strongly oppose the pay-equity bill.”

Steve runs down the recent evidence, but can I just add the obvious? We actually held a vote on this bill in 2009. A grand total of eight Republicans out of 219 voted in favor. Romney may not feel like admitting it during an election in which he needs women to vote for him, but Steve is right: I think we have a pretty good idea of exactly what he and his fellow Republicans think about this.

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