Congressman Cohen Votes for Paycheck Fairness Act
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for, and the House passed, H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, including providing effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work. The vote was 242 to 187.
Congressman Cohen made the following statement:
“Women deserve the same pay for equal work. Full-time working women earn just 80 cents, on average, for every dollar a man earns, resulting in a yearly gap of $10,169 between men and women working full-time. That’s 10 months’ rent or 14 months’ daycare expenses for a family with a median income. This bill aims to fulfill our commitment to equal pay for women and is the right thing to do.”
In January 2009, the Democratic-led 111th Congress sent to President Obama the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring the right of women to challenge unfair pay in court. It was the first bill President Obama signed into law.