Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) claimed on Sunday that women do not want "Washington" guaranteeing that they make equal pay. She also said that being “recognized” is more important to women than paycheck fairness (video below).
NBC's "Meet the Press" host David Gregory started the discussion with a recent Pew Research report that said women are the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of U.S. households, as of 2011.
Rep. Blackburn claimed that it was “up to companies to make sure there is a level playing field and that women are not shortchanged as they try to get on that latter to success.”
“How about pay equity laws to ensure that women are treated fairly in the workplace?” asked former Obama White House senior adviser David Axelrod.
“I think that more important than that is making certain that women are recognized by those companies,” claimed Rep. Blackburn replied.
"You know, I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female, I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job. And making certain that companies are going to move forward in that vein, that is what women want. They don’t want the decisions made in Washington. They want to be able to have the power and the control and the ability to make those decisions for themselves."
However, Rep. Blackburn was talking about getting hired for a job, not the pay equity issue, after a woman has a job.
Rep. Blackburn has repeatedly voted on the side of corporate America against women. She voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which gives women more power to sue businesses for workplace discrimination. She also opposed the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2009 that would ban companies from paying employees less money on the basis of gender.