Saturday, January 24, 2009

Legislative Update III

The Senate joined the House of Representatives in passing the Lilly Ledbetter wage discrimination bill which reverses a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that narrowly defines the time period during which a worker can file a claim of wage discrimination, even if the worker is unaware for months or years that he or she is getting less than colleagues doing the same job. This should be on President Obama's desk soon and may be the first bill he signs into law.

Meanwhile, the House Ways and Mean Committee approved the tax portion of the economic stimulus that the full House will vote on along with other measures package next week. The Senate is coming up with their own version, but President Obama has said he expects to win approval by mid-February. He will also speak to a joint session of Congress next month.

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