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Paycheck Fairness Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Paycheck Fairness Act-- (House of Representatives - January 09, 2009)


Mr. Speaker, in 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in order to address the nation's wage gap. And yet, 46 years later women still make on average only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for the same work.

But thanks to Lilly Ledbetter, we are going to right that wrong today on the House floor.

In 2007, I had the opportunity to meet Lilly. She told me how she had no proof of pay discrimination until someone anonymously slipped payroll records into her mailbox. Anonymously because Goodyear's payroll records were secret.

This bill lifts the cloak of secrecy that allows these kinds of unfair pay practices to fester--which is exactly why the House proudly passed this bill last Congress.

I urge my colleagues today to once again support fair pay practices, and see that this important legislation becomes law. What you don't know, can hurt you.

I thank Chairman MILLER and Representative DELAURO for their leadership on this issue.

The Paycheck Fairness Act is a bold step forward in righting the wrong of pay discrimination.


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