Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on Republicans' filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act:
"Equal pay for equal work - it's a principle I think we can all agree with on. But over 50 years after we passed the Equal Pay Act, women are still paid less than men doing the same job. In New Mexico, women earn 80 cents for every dollar men make. The pay gap is hurting our economy in New Mexico and throughout the country, and I've heard from women across the state who say they need the Paycheck Fairness Act to help them fight for equal pay.
"A majority of the Senate supported the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Senate could have debated, voted and passed it. But today, Republicans blocked debate before it could start with yet another filibuster that hurts working families. All of our communities will be better off when your take-home pay no longer is affected by your gender, and I will keep working in the Senate to find a solution to pay inequality."