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Why, in the 21st century, is debate over equal pay still a thing?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi observed Equal Pay Day Tuesday by touting the recent passage in the House of Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s Paycheck Fairness Act.
Equal Pay Day marks how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year.
“Each Equal Pay Day, Americans must renew our solemn commitment to fully and finally securing fairness, equality and economic justice for women,” Pelosi said. “This Equal Pay Day, we are celebrating a major achievement, by marking the passage by the House of H.R. 7, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s landmark Paycheck Fairness Act to secure equal pay for equal work. Now, we call upon the U.S. Senate to take up and pass this critical legislation.”
The House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7) by a vote of 242-187, including seven Republicans.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by holding employers accountable for discriminatory practices, ending the practice of pay secrecy, easing workers’ ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination, and strengthening the available remedies for wronged employees, according to DeLauro’s office.
“I have the utmost confidence in Sen. Patty Murray [D-Wash.], Paycheck Fairness’s Senate champion,” said DeLauro (D-Conn.). “She is a serious legislator, and I could not ask for a better partner in this fight. I urge my Senate colleagues to support this bill, put it on the president’s desk, and make equal pay for women the law of the land.”
A video of DeLauro’s speech from the House floor can be found here.