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Where are strong GOP women? In the Senate

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Washington has no shortage of ambitious politicians. Sadly, however, it appears the GOP is lacking ambition on a host of issues — including issues typically attributed to women.

But in the Senate, GOP women are trying to change that.

Last week, Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., introduced a bill with Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, that would provide employers with tax breaks if they provided paid leave for their employees. Specifically, the Strong Families Act would provide a 25 percent tax credit for each hour of paid leave an employer offered.

The bill was Fischer's attempt to show the GOP could act on important issues affecting more women than men. The fact that an Independent who caucuses with Democrats signed on to the bill bumps up its credibility.

Fischer, along with fellow Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, also introduced an amendment in April to the Democrats' Paycheck Fairness Act.

The amendment, according to the senators, would have prevented retaliation against those seeking information about salary discrimination and require employers to post a sign notifying employees of their rights under the Equal Pay Act and Civil Rights Act. The amendment would also consolidate duplicative job training programs and help “underrepresented groups” in certain industries get training - such as women in science and mathematics jobs.

Both of those attempts are likely to do far more to repair the damage of the "war on women" narrative than bill after bill banning abortion without public-supported exceptions and vote upon vote against Democrat bills clearly aimed to make the GOP look bad.

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