Obama chides GOP for rejecting gender pay gap bill

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HOUSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is chiding Republicans for blocking a Senate bill aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women.

Obama says it seems like common sense to most people. He says the bill would make it possible to meaningfully enforce the concept of equal pay for equal work.

Obama says you'd think that wouldn't be a controversial proposition. He's scolding Senate Republicans for uniformly rejecting it.

He says this Congress is the least productive in modern history or recent memory.

Republicans said the bill could hinder employers from granting raises or permitting flexible hours for fear of lawsuits. Democrats hope the issue will spur women to back them in the midterm elections.

Obama spoke at a fundraiser in Houston benefiting the Democratic campaign committees for House and Senate.

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