Congressman Tim Ryan Calls for Enactment of Paycheck Fairness Act

Apr 9, 2013 Issues: Helping Working Families

 

Washington, D.C. – Today as we mark Equal Pay Day, Congressman Tim Ryan is calling on the Republican leadership to support and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, of which he is an original cosponsor along with 191 of his Democratic Congressional colleagues. Almost 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act to ensure that women should are paid what they deserve. Despite the Equal Pay Act, women’s wages are still not equal to those of men, with women earning only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In Ohio, the ratio is the same 77 percent—and according to a 2011 study, the former 17th Congressional District of Ohio showed women earning only 76 percent of what men earned.

“This is about equality and justice for women—as well as raising the living standard of our working families,” said Congressman Ryan. “It is common sense that women and men should earn an equal income when they are doing equal work. Simply put, woman who are paid less have less to reinvest in our economy. It’s time for Republicans to join Democrats in standing up for America’s women’s rights and help us pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.”

Achieving equal pay for women has been one of the top priorities of Democrats. In January 2009, the Democratic-led 111th Congress sent to the President’s desk the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – and it became the first bill signed into law by President Obama. The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the nearly 50-year-old Equal Pay Act, including providing effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for equal work. 

The House of Representatives has twice passed this bill—but Republicans in the Senate blocked its passage. In 2012, Republicans in both the House and Senate voted to block the bill. With women continuing to fall behind men in wages, it’s time for Republican leadership to stop impeding progress and stand with Democrats to demand equal pay for women.

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Pat Lowry
Communications Director
Congressman Tim Ryan
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