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Letter: Let’s examine two recent U.S. Senate votes

Published: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 11:03 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Since elections are coming up soon, we should examine two recent votes in the U.S. Senate that illustrate key differences between Republicans and Democrats.

In the first, the Senate decided to hold a straight up/down vote on a proposed Constitutional amendment that would negate the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. It would define people as people and corporations as businesses. In short, corporations could not be defined as people. Secondly, it would have specified that money is not speech. It would have taken much of the corporate and big money influence in politics away. All of the Democrats voted yes to support the amendment; all of the Republicans voted no.

The second vote was one where the Senate considered a bill that would guarantee equal pay for equal work. This would have done much to overcome the disparity between what men earn and what women earn. All of the Democrats voted yes to this bill, and all of the Republicans voted no. What’s particularly interesting is that the Republicans have declared that they believe in equal pay. So if that’s true, then why did they all vote no?

It should be clear that the Democrats voted in ways that would support people, would take big money out of politics, and would help achieve equality in the workplace. It should also be clear that Republicans support big money in politics and do not really believe in equality in the workplace.

Many polls have shown that most Americans support the kinds of measures that the Republicans voted no on while Democrats voted yes. So as you evaluate candidates for office in the upcoming election, look at how their parties have voted in both the House and the Senate. Actions speak louder than words.

Charles Teeter

Plainfield

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