Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released the following statement criticizing Senate Republicans for blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act:
"This failure marks another sad day in history, as Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill would have helped ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work. Senate Republicans have sent a strong message to women -- that addressing the wage gap is not a priority for them.
"Currently women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. This discrepancy is not only harmful to women, but to families and our economy as well. As more and more families rely on women's wages, the Paycheck Fairness Act will prove to be even more vital.
"This Act would continue the great work that Democrats have been doing on the issue of equal pay. In January 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law -- legislation that was championed by the Democratic-led 111th Congress. Although this law was a strong victory for women, it left more work to be done.
"From my state of Wisconsin to the halls of the U.S. Congress, time and time again we have seen Republicans roll back the clock on women's rights. This time, women, families and our economy hang in the balance.
"I call upon my Republican colleagues -- including those in the House of Representatives -- to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act as soon as possible."