Payne, Jr. Statement on the Seventh Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Jan 29, 2016 Issues: Economy and Jobs

Newark, N.J. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released the following statement today to mark the seventh anniversary of the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:

“In the United States of America, if you work hard, you should earn an honest day’s wage, regardless of your gender. The enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act moved our nation closer to full equality, restoring the right of women to challenge unfair pay in court. However, women still make, on average, just 79 cents to every dollar a man earns. It is clear that more must be done to address persistent gaps that threaten financial stability for families and local economies. House Democrats are committed to eliminating this unacceptable pay disparity by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, of which I am a proud cosponsor, so that every American has an opportunity to succeed.”