President Obama on the Paycheck Fairness Act

Barack Obama

On the heels of the Republican filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate, President Obama released this statement:

This afternoon, Senate Republicans refused to allow an up-or-down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a common-sense piece of legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and give women more tools to fight pay discrimination. It is incredibly disappointing that in this make-or-break moment for the middle class, Senate Republicans put partisan politics ahead of American women and their families.

Despite the progress that has been made over the years, women continue to earn substantially less than men for performing the same work. My administration will continue to fight for a woman’s right for equal pay for equal work, as we rebuild our economy so that hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and every American gets a fair shot to succeed.

Mitt Romney has also refused to take a stand on the Paycheck Fairness Act, and today Lilly Ledbetter sent Romney a letter, urging him to stand up to his party and do what’s right. Join Lilly and President Obama for fairness—add your name to the letter now.

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