April 9, 2014

Senate Republicans Block Debate on Paycheck Fairness Act

Washington, DC – Today Senate Republicans blocked the consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, refusing to allow an open debate on the issue.  The bill would help ensure that women receive the same pay as men for equivalent work.  U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement regarding today’s failed vote:

“In the year 2014 there is no excuse for the persistent wage disparity between men and women.  This is a serious problem that affects women in Rhode Island and throughout the country, and we owe them an open and honest debate about what we can do to address it.  Unfortunately, Senate Republicans don’t want to have that debate, and are preventing us from holding an up-or-down vote on legislation to help ensure equal pay for equal work.  I’m disappointed we weren’t able to move forward on this bill, but I am committed to continuing to work with Senator Mikulski and other champions who have fought so hard to bring this issue to light.”


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