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Paycheck Fairness Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT -- (House of Representatives - January 9,2009)


Mr. HARE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 12, the Paycheck Fairness Act, of which I am a proud cosponsor. I want to commend my friend and colleague, Representative ROSA DELAURO, for introducing this legislation so we can seriously address the long-standing problem of gender-based wage discrimination in our Nation.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. This wage disparity will end up costing women anywhere from $400,000 to $2 million over a lifetime in lost wages. Making matters worse, the wage gap grows wider as women age and move through their careers. This is not only a problem for women, it is a problem for our Nation.

Gender-based wage disparity allows employers to discriminate against women and avoid liability in the courts. Secondly, wage discrimination leads to more women in poverty, increasing the burden of health care costs of welfare programs on the taxpayer.

The Paycheck Fairness Act will strengthen pay equity laws by closing the loopholes that have allowed employers to avoid responsibility for discriminatory pay and help to build economic and retirement security for women.

It is in the best interest of all Americans to ensure that every worker is treated fairly in the workplace. I urge my colleagues to support this bill.

Again, I thank Congresswoman DeLauro for her leadership on this issue.


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