DeLauro Applauds U.S. Women’s National Team’s Courage, Urges Senate Action on Paycheck Fairness Act
WASHINGTON, DC (July 10, 2019) – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately take up the Paycheck Fairness Act in light of today’s parade celebrating the U.S. Women National Team’s victory in the World Cup.
“The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has proven once again that they are the best in the world. As we celebrate their World Cup victory and the pride it instills in our people, we cannot ignore the fact that women across America are still fighting for equal pay for equal work. Across industries and occupations—from bus drivers, news anchors and scientists to professors and even World Champion soccer players—are paid less than their male counterparts on average. That is wrong. Congress must channel the continued outpouring of support for equal pay into action, and that means making the Paycheck Fairness Act the law of the land. I am proud the House took action and I urge Senator McConnell to take up this legislation. It is at his door. Women have waited too long for equal pay.”
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act by a vote of 242-187, including 7 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.