Titus Calls For a Vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act

Jun 10, 2014
Floor Statements
Marks the 51st Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act

June 10, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First District spoke on the House Floor to urge her colleagues to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Floor for a vote. Below are her remarks: 

“Over the last 50 years, women have broken barriers in business, science, education, and government. Yet in Nevada, the average woman still makes only 85 cents for every dollar a man earns, so that leads to a pay gap of more than $6,300 per year. 

“This not only harms individual women, it hurts their families, our communities, and the national economy. In a country where we strive for equal opportunity for all, this inequity is simply unacceptable.

“That is why I am calling on my Republican colleagues to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Floor for a vote. How can they say to their wives, ‘you deserve less pay than I do?’ How can they say to their daughters, ‘you’re worth less than my sons?’ How can they tell their staff, ‘the women aren’t as valuable the men?’ It’s just unconscionable. 

“So I say, pass this bill now because ‘When women succeed, Nevada succeeds, and America succeeds.’

“I yield back.”