U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement regarding the Paycheck Fairness Act after it was blocked by filibuster from receiving an up or down vote:
"Everyone in our great country should have the confidence that they will be paid fairly for a hard day's work. Whether you're a two-parent income family or a single mom, equal pay for equal work can mean the difference in paying the mortgage, a college fund for your children, or filling up the gas tank. It's unfortunate that Republicans chose to block this common-sense bill from even getting an up or down vote."
Women in Michigan earn 74 cents for every dollar paid to men, and over their lifetime will earn $508,000 less than their male counterparts. More than one million Michigan children live in households that are dependent on their mothers' earnings.
The Paycheck Fairness Act, which Stabenow co-sponsored, would address the gender pay gap by ensuring women have the ability to challenge pay discrimination. A Republican filibuster required 60 votes to end debate and proceed to an up-or-down majority to pass the bill. Although the majority of senators voted for Paycheck Fairness, the bill fell short of the 60-vote threshold, 52-47.
Senator Stabenow was also a co-sponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed into law in 2009, and provides women with the right to challenge discriminatory pay practices by employers in court.