Equal Pay, Don't Delay
Equal Pay for Equal Work
Fifty-five years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act, affirming that all women are entitled to equal pay for equal work. Since the enactment of the Equal Pay Act, progress has been made. When I was Speaker in 2009, House Democrats were proud to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helped secure justice for women facing pay discrimination.
But our work is far from done. Women still earn 80 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by men. The wage gap is even worse for African American women and Latina women, with African American women earning only 63 cents and Latinas earning only 54 cents for every dollar earned by white men. This is why, this week the tenth anniversary of President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law House Democrats, led by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, re-introduced H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. H.R. 7 will strengthen and close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act and reaffirm the fundamental principle that equal work deserves equal pay.
We will continue to press for real change that ensures women earn the wages they deserve, while we fight For The People with our bold agenda to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs, raise workers’ wages by rebuilding America with green, modern infrastructure, and restore integrity to Washington to ensure our government works for the people’s interest, not the special interests.
Black History Month
Each Black History Month, Americans celebrate the proud heritage and innumerable contributions that African Americans have made to our nation. We honor the generations of African Americans who have enriched our society, pay tribute to the tireless activists who have fought to fulfill the promise of America, and recognize the new generation of leaders who have transformed the Congress and our country with their vision and values.
Yet today, barriers to social and economic justice and access to equal opportunity continue to undermine the success and prosperity of communities of color. In the face of these persistent obstacles, our new House Majority is working to build a future of progress and possibility for all Americans. We are acting to advance fair elections and combat the shameful, brazen efforts to erect barriers to the ballot box for communities of color. We are standing up against the rhetoric of hate and violence that is inflicting pain, heartbreak and division in our communities, and insisting on the truth that Black Lives Matter. And we are pushing forward a bold, ambitious agenda For The People to make good on the promise of the American Dream for everyone by lowering the cost of health care and prescription drugs, raising wages by rebuilding America with green, modern infrastructure, and strengthening our democracy by ensuring that our government works for the public interest, not the special interests.
This Black History Month, we recommit to opening up opportunity and advancing equality for all Americans. To do so, we take strength and inspiration from the legacy of those who came before us and the courage of our heroes, like Congressman John Lewis, who reminds us that ‘there are still forces in America that want to divide us But we've made too much progress to stop or to pull back. We must go forward.’ Guided by countless leaders, advocates and patriotic Americans we will keep moving toward a future of progress and justice for all.
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