Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) blasted Senate Republicans for blocking a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act this week, a week after House Republicans voted unanimously to prevent House Members from even considering the measure at all.
"With women still earning just 77 cents on average for every dollar earned by men, it is simply astonishing that the fundamentally American principle of equal pay for equal work remains a subject of controversy," said Congresswoman Maloney. "With more than half of American households having their bills paid in part or in whole by women's earnings, blocking pay fairness means that American families will suffer," she added.
Congresswoman Maloney has been a leader in previous efforts to fight for pay equity between women and men. She was a leader in the effort to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act through the House in 2009, when it became the first legislation that President Obama signed into law. It restored the right of women to challenge unfair pay in court -- but passed the House over the opposition of virtually all Republican Members.
"I was proud to join the successful fight for the Lilly Ledbetter Act, but more needs to be done," said Congresswoman Maloney. "We need to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to bring the nearly half-century-old Equal Pay Act up to date by offering recourse to legal remedies to women who are being paid less than men for comparable," said Representative Maloney. "We will not relent in our efforts to fight for basic fairness for American women and their families," she said.