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Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women; Republicans counter with their jobs plans

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women — a leading election-year issue for Democrats.

Obama says in his weekly radio and Internet address that it's an embarrassment that women earn less than men even in the same professions and with the same education.

Obama issued an executive order this past week that bars federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries.

Such an order is considered a way for women to become better informed about their pay.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, during an event marking Equal Pay Day. Obama announced new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women. The president and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, during an event marking Equal Pay Day. Obama announced new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women. The president and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

In the Republicans' weekly address, Cathy McMorris Rodgers — a congresswoman from Washington state — says the economy under Obama is hurting women.

She says Republican proposals to help small businesses and increase jobs will benefit all.


Online:

Obama address: http://www.whitehouse.gov

Republican address: http://www.youtube.com/user/HouseConference

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PHOTO: President Barack Obama signed two executive orders Tuesday aimed at reducing the gender pay gap. The actions make it easier for employees of federal contractors to get information about wages and find out how much colleagues are making. (April 8)
President Barack Obama signed two executive orders Tuesday aimed at reducing the gender pay gap. The actions make it easier for employees of federal contractors to get information about wages and find out how much colleagues are making. (April 8)
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PHOTO: President Barack Obama addresses the National Action Network convention in New York, Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool)
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