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Last week, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard condemned Republicans for continuing to stand in the way of progress for America's women and their families after Senate Republicans voted to block the critical Paycheck Fairness Act from receiving a vote.
Similarly, last month, House Republicans voted unanimously against bringing the Paycheck Fairness Act to the House Floor.
Roybal-Allard delivered the following remarks in an effort to persuade the House Republicans to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act to the House Floor for a vote:
"I urge the consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act to correct a terrible injustice where women are systematically paid less than men for doing the same work.
On average, women receive 77 cents for every dollar paid to male workers. This disparity means a loss of nearly $11,000 a year, or the equivalent of four months of groceries, five months of child care, and over six months of rent and utilities.
The wage gap is even more pronounced for Black and Latina women, who receive just 62 cents and 54 cents, respectively, for every dollar paid to white men.
It is unbelievable that in the 21st century, wage discrimination against women remains so rampant in a nation that values family and fairness so highly."
Published: June 14, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 09