Pelosi Statement on Senate Republicans Vote to Block Paycheck Fairness Act

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after Senate Republicans, on a vote of 52-47, joined House Republicans in blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act:

“It’s 2012 but Republicans are stuck in the past; by blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act from receiving the simple vote it deserves, Senate Republicans have obstructed progress and prosperity for American families.  They’ve joined House Republicans, who just last week voted unanimously against bringing the Paycheck Fairness Act to the floor and in doing so stood against fundamental fairness for America’s working women and families struggling to get by.

“Equal pay for equal work should be a pillar of our American recovery.  In this time of great economic challenge, the 77 cents that women make for every dollar men make adds up to a real impact on working families.

“When we strengthen economic security for America’s women, we strengthen economic security for America’s families.  That is why Democrats will continue to work on behalf of the opportunity for all Americans to participate equally in the prosperity of our country.”