Press Release ● Jobs & the Economy
For Immediate Release: 
March 31, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on Equal Pay Day:

“Each year, on Equal Pay Day, we count the number of extra weeks from the start of the new year that women have to work, on average, to earn the same pay as men in the previous year for the same work.  This pay gap is even more pronounced for women of color.  With more women becoming the primary breadwinners in American families every year, this unfair loss in women’s incomes shortchanges families across our country.  At a time of challenge when we are working hard in the near-term to protect incomes for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, it is critical that we not forget the long-term economic challenges we face, and one of the highest priorities must continue to be securing equal pay for equal work.

I was proud to bring they Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to the Floor in 2009 and to build upon that effort by bringing the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Floor in 2019.  Unfortunately, that bill has stalled in the Republican-led Senate.  House Democrats will continue to fight for equal pay for women and greater economic opportunity for working families – not just on Equal Pay Day but every day.”