U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Tuesday. Had the legislation passed, it would have deterred wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to colleagues.
"The Paycheck Fairness Act is about leveling the playing field and ensuring that women are rightfully compensated for their work. It is disheartening that in 2012 women are still being discriminated against in our workforce. We had a chance to help correct this injustice today, but instead of coming together to end discrimination, Senate Republicans voted to perpetuate it.
"Women in Delaware, on average, earn around 81 cents for every dollar paid to men. Over their lifetime, these women will earn $464,000 less than their male counterparts. When women are paid less than men for doing the same job, it hurts entire families. Over 135,000 children in Delaware live in households dependent on their mothers' earnings.
"While party politics sadly prevented the Senate from passing this important legislation, I will continue to fight to end employment discrimination. I look forward to the day when there is no doubt that our wives, daughters, and mothers are fairly compensated for their work."