WASHINGTON -- Congress returns its attention this week to women’s issues, with the Senate voting on legislation to ensure paycheck equity as GOP front-runner Mitt Romney tapped a Republican congresswoman to be his campaign liaison in the House.
Women remain among the most sought-after voters, and Democrats are trying to shore up their historic advantage with females. President Obama has enjoyed a gender gap advantage among women, but Romney does better among white women, according to recent Gallup polling.
Republicans in the Senate are likely to block the paycheck equity legislation, characterizing it as another effort to use the halls of Congress as a campaign venue. But in doing so they risk playing into the narrative being set by Democrats that the GOP is waging a “war on women.”
The GOP has fought back by promoting its women candidates, especially in House races, and on Monday, the Romney campaign tapped Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, raising the profile of the top woman in House GOP leadership.