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Paycheck Fairness Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT -- (House of Representatives - January 09, 2009)


Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 12, which continues this House's efforts to ensure fair and equal pay for the women of our workforce.

Over four decades ago, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act with the goal of eliminating gender-based wage discrimination and once and for all closing the wage gap between men and women. Unfortunately, loopholes and deficiencies found within the legislative text allowed the wage gap to persist. As a result, women currently make on average only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a male and in my great State of Connecticut, matters are not much better with women making only 82 cents on the dollar.

The Paycheck Fairness Act, of which I am a proud cosponsor, provides a logical and effective means to eliminate gender-based wage discrimination. By strengthening the Equal Pay Act and eliminating loopholes that have for too long been exploited by some employers, this legislation will offer greater protection to women in the workforce, while also substantially increasing penalties on those disreputable employers who continue to disregard our Nation's laws.

Mr. Speaker, during this time of economic uncertainty it is more important than ever that all Americans earn equal pay for equal work. I would like to thank both Chairman George Miller and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for their collective efforts on this important issue and urge all my colleagues to stand up for women workers and vote in favor of this legislation.


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