Takes Steps to Force a Paycheck Fairness Act Vote on the House Floor
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today called on her Republican colleagues to ensure equal pay for equal work. This morning she filed a discharge petition on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which—if it obtains 218 signatures—would automatically force the bill to the House floor for a vote. The Paycheck Fairness Act currently has 192 cosponsors. This afternoon House Democrats will put forth a motion, known as the Previous Question, which would enable them to call up the Paycheck Fairness Act for a vote.
“The Republican House Majority needs to allow a straight up or down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. This legislation has twice passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis and gained a majority of votes in the United States Senate. A majority of Americans support this common-sense legislation that helps not just women, but their families who suffer when women bring home smaller paychecks.”
Nationwide women make just 77 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts. This costs women and their families about $434,000 over their careers.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would close the loopholes that allow pay discrimination to continue nearly 50 years after passage of the Equal Pay Act. The bill would require employers to show pay disparity is truly related to job performance—not gender. It also prohibits employer retaliation for sharing salary information with coworkers. Under current law employers can sue and punish employees for sharing such information, ensuring many women never know they are being paid less than men doing the same job.
Tuesday, April 9 marked Equal Pay Day, the day when women finally make the same amount of money that their male counterparts made the previous year.