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Senator Murray to Republicans: “I’m Going to Keep Fighting” for Equal Pay

Sep 15 2014

Murray: “In my home state of Washington, where women still earn 78 cents on the dollar on average compared to men, families understand that this isn’t just a women’s issue, it’s an economic issue…and it’s got to change.”

Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after Senate Republicans filibustered a final vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

“I’m deeply disappointed that today, Senate Republicans voted down the Paycheck Fairness Act and once again said ‘no’ to women across the country who just want to make sure that in the 21st century, they’re paid based on their work, not on their gender.

“In my home state of Washington, where women still earn 78 cents on the dollar on average compared to men, families understand that this isn’t just a women’s issue, it’s an economic issue—because when one earner brings home less to help with groceries, student loan payments, or the mortgage, that’s bad for families and for our country’s growth as a whole. And it’s got to change.

“So I’m going to keep fighting to ensure today’s women get the equal pay they deserve—and if Republicans have something to say on pay equity besides another ‘no,’ I think our constituents deserve to hear it.”