Press Release ● Jobs and Economyfacebooktwitterbirdemail
For Immediate Release: 
January 29, 2016
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Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today commemorating the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act being signed into law:

“Seven years ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which Democrats in Congress passed because our laws did not sufficiently protect women who had been paid less than men for performing the same work.  The enactment of that law was a significant milestone in the march toward full equality by allowing women recourse if they had been paid less than their male counterparts.  However, women still earn, on average, only 79 cents to every dollar a man earns.  Congress has a responsibility to address this problem with the serious effort it deserves, and House Democrats remain committed to continuing the work of eliminating the pay gap by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, which I am proud to co-sponsor, in order to prevent pay disparity from the outset.  While House Republicans continue their efforts to erode women’s protections in our economy and in their access to affordable health care, we will not rest in our defense of every woman’s right to participate fully in the workforce and strive for the full range of opportunities that every American deserves.”