Hare: Eliminating Pay Gap "An Issue of Fundamental Fairness"
Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL), a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, today praised Chairman George Miller (D-CA) for holding a hearing about the need for legislation to close the pay gap between men and women. April 24 is "Equal Pay Day," which signifies the number of days into a new year that women have to work before earning what men made by December 31.
"The fact that women earn only three quarters what men do for the same work runs contrary to everything we stand for as a nation," Hare said. "I look forward to a time when April 24th loses this dubious distinction and equal pay is a reality for all Americans."
Hare said the wage gap is diminishing overall household incomes at a time when the cost of living continues to skyrocket. "We give a lot of lip service to family values'," Hare said. "What is more pro-family than paying working mothers what they deserve?"
Hare is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to provide more effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work. It would also require the Department of Labor to work with employers to eliminate pay disparities, provide awards for companies that demonstrate progress, and train women on how to negotiate better salaries.
"When President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, he could not have imagined that 44 years later women would still be facing such substantial inequalities," Hare said. "Congresswoman DeLauro's bill would take an important step toward realizing his dream of a pay scale that is fair and just."
Hare called eliminating the wage gap "an issue of fundamental fairness." "I don't want to live in an America where my daughter earns less than my son for doing the same job," Hare concluded.