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Democrats take on GOP over paycheck fairness for women

Senate vote may force lawmakers to explain views

WASHINGTON - Shifting its focus on women’s issues from the bedroom to the pocketbook, congressional Democrats hope to challenge Republicans, including Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, to a potentially incendiary debate over narrowing the pay gap between the sexes.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid is expected to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act before his chamber on Tuesday for a procedural vote, a calculated showdown primarily designed to exploit the political chasm on women’s issues between Democrats and Republicans and force Brown and other Republicans to explain to female constituents.

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