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Baca Votes to Close Pay Gaps Between Men and Women


Location: Washington, DC

Baca Votes to Close Pay Gap Between Men and Women

Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives to pass legislation that will help to end the gender-based wage gap in America. H.R. 12, the Paycheck Fairness Act, passed the House of Representatives with a 256 - 163 vote.

"Almost forty-six years have passed since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963," commented Rep. Baca. "And yet, in too many cases, there is still not equal pay for equal work in this country. This long overdue legislation will update the Equal Pay Act for the 21st Century, and close many of the loopholes that have allowed employers to avoid responsibility for discriminatory pay."

"Equal pay is not just a women's issue, it's an American issue," concluded Rep. Baca. "Closing the wage gap in America is essential to strengthening our core values of family, equality, and opportunity. In this great nation, everyone deserves fair treatment and the opportunity to give their children a better future - regardless of gender, race or religion."

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