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June 8, 2021 | H.R. 7

Despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to male and female employees for the same work, the gender wage gap persists in the private and public sector at every educational level. The gender wage gap cost women and their families thousands of dollars over their lifetime. Many struggling working families could use that potential money to make their ends meet and build better lives for themselves.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would give employees the right to ask and know what their colleagues earn, without fear of retaliation from their employers. If pay discrepancy was found between a female and male employee doing the same work, the employer would be required to prove that the discrepancy was a result of factors other than gender. In addition, the bill strengthens government agencies ability to identity and remedy systematic wage discrimination. Under the bill, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is directed to develop regulations to collect wage data and the Department of Labor (DOL) is instructed to use its investigative power to uncover wage discrimination, especially amongst their federal contractors.

This is Good for working people.

Vote result:

YEAs: 49 | NAYs: 50
Legislator Sort descending State Party Vote
Sen. Tammy Baldwin WI Democrat Yes
Sen. John Barrasso WY Republican No
Sen. Michael Bennet CO Democrat Yes
Sen. Marsha Blackburn TN Republican No
Sen. Richard Blumenthal CT Democrat Yes
Sen. Roy Blunt MO Republican No
Sen. Cory Booker NJ Democrat Yes
Sen. John Boozman AR Republican No
Sen. Mike Braun IN Republican No
Sen. Sherrod Brown OH Democrat Yes
Sen. Richard M. Burr NC Republican No
Sen. Maria Cantwell WA Democrat Yes
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito WV Republican No
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin MD Democrat Yes
Sen. Thomas R. Carper DE Democrat Yes
Sen. Bob Casey PA Democrat Yes
Sen. Bill Cassidy LA Republican No
Sen. Susan Collins ME Republican No
Sen. Christopher A. Coons DE Democrat Yes
Sen. John Cornyn TX Republican No