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Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) says more must be done to fix the wage gap between men and women.
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Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) says more must be done to fix the wage gap between men and women.

This week President Obama signed executive orders to help female federal contractors get a pay raise. The orders encourage federal contractors to be more transparent about the salaries of their employees. But Democrats are calling for even more to be done.

In 2011 the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board reported that female federal workers made only 93 cents to each dollar their male counterparts make. A Democratic proposal called Equal Pay For Equal work was defeated by Senate Republicans today, who argue it's an election-year ploy that's redundant.

Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski says that complaint rings hollow coming from a party that claims to want to improve the economy. "We heard this morning the talk about the economy," Mikulski said. "You know one way to help the economy is for people to make more money. You know what's one of the best ways to make money? Pay women for equal pay for equal work."

Conservative groups say even in the White House there remains a wage gap, with women making 88 cents to each dollar male staffers bring in.

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