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Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. DeLAURO. I rise in opposition to the previous question. Defeating the previous question will allow the gentleman from Florida to amend the rule to include consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, an act that addresses the financial pressures facing women today and the need to close the gender wage gap.

Almost 50 years after Congress passed the Equal Pay Act to end the ``serious and endemic'' problem of unequal wages, women--now one-half of the workforce--are still making only 77 cents on the dollar as compared to men. This holds true across occupations and education levels.

Some have called unequal pay a ``myth'' or a ``distraction.'' It is neither. Women should be paid the same as men for the same work. That is what paycheck fairness is all about--same job, same pay.

Yesterday, the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee heard from two women affected by pay discrimination--Ann Marie Duchon and Terri Kelly. Both women were eloquent in sharing their stories of fighting for 7 years to see that their pay and equity was remedied.

And like the nearly-two thirds of women today who are either a breadwinner or co-breadwinner, both women said that their families depend and rely on their income. Pay discrimination not only affects them, but their children and their husbands.

Pay inequity is at the root of the financial pressures facing women today. It is critical that we pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Take steps to stop discrimination in the first place by putting an end to pay secrecy, strengthen workers' abilities to challenge discrimination, and bring the equal pay law into line with other civil rights law. The House has passed the bill twice on a bipartisan basis. Let's do it again.

I urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question.

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