Maloney Urges Colleagues to Support Equal Pay for Equal Work by Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment and Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, today spoke on the House floor to urge all her colleagues to support H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, ahead of today’s vote.
Congresswoman Maloney has long been a proponent of equal pay for equal work. In 2016, she released the Gender Pay Inequality: Consequences for Women, Families and the Economy report as Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). On March 24, 2021, she chaired a Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing, Honoring ‘Equal Pay Day’: Examining the Long-Term Economic Impacts of Gender Inequality.
The Congresswoman’s floor remarks, as delivered, can be seen and are transcribed below.
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
On average, women are paid just 82 cents for every dollar paid to men.
The gap is even larger—almost double—for women of color.
Compounded over a lifetime, the pay gap becomes a wealth tax, costing women thousands and thousands of dollars lost in wages.
Longstanding workplace discrimination sets women back in pay and benefits, hiring, and promotions.
Closing the pay gap will provide more financial stability for women—especially those who are hardest hit by the pandemic.
At a recent Oversight [Committee] hearing on Equal Pay Day, soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe testified, and I quote, “one cannot simply outperform inequality.” End quote.
Combatting pay discrimination requires deliberate action—and that is what the Paycheck Fairness [Act] does.
I urge a yes vote on this important bill.