It's Time for House GOP to Walk the Walk


Today is Equal Pay Day – a day that symbolizes when, more than three months into the year, women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year.  Women on average earn just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

All House Democrats are cosponsors of the Paycheck Fairness Act – a bill to ensure American women receive equal pay for equal work – a key pillar of House Democrats’ When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families.  197 House Democrats have signed a discharge petition to try and force the GOP Leaders to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

Where do House Republicans stand on Equal Pay for America’s working women?  Well, if you were just tuning in today to the issue you might think the GOP were strong supporters… but you would be wrong.

This morning, House Republican Leaders, led by Majority Leader Cantor, held a press conference in which they repeatedly asserted that the GOP supports equal pay for equal work. What followed was a series of tweets from House GOP members making the same claim, for example:

@RepLynnJenkins:  All people deserve equal pay for equal work. Period. pic.twitter.com/hNaReShVxt

@Rep_Southerland: As the father of four daughters, I believe all people deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work. Period. #EqualPayDay2014 pic.twitter.com/UhAcCcXZIr

@RepDavidValadao: Man or woman, every single person has the right to equal pay for equal work. No exceptions. #EqualPayDay #CA21 pic.twitter.com/XblYwzfc7x

FACT: In vote after vote, House Republicans have said NO to equal pay for equal work for America’s working women.

April 7, 2014: All House Republicans voted NO on legislation ensuring equal pay for equal work

May 7, 2013: All House Republicans voted NO on bringing up the Equal Pay bill

April 11, 2013: All House Republicans voted NO on bringing up the Equal Pay bill

May 31, 2012: All House Republicans voted NO on bringing up the Equal Pay bill

It’s time for House Republicans to walk the walk of equal pay for equal work – not just talk the talk.

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