U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) -- an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S.84) -- released the following statement in recognition of National Equal Pay Day:
"Pay discrimination doesn't just hurt workers and our economy; it chips away at one of our country's fundamental principles of equality. Equal work demands equal pay, but an unacceptable income gap persists.
"Today, on Equal Pay Day, I am reaffirming my commitment to a goal we haven't yet met. As long as millions of American women continue to only earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, we clearly still have a lot of work to do."
Shaheen is the first and only woman elected both governor and senator in American history and over the course of her career has been a staunch supporter of pay-equity laws. She cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law four years ago and has cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act during the previous two Congresses.