Congressman Eliot Engel and House Democrats have reintroduced H.R.7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would build on previous laws to close the pay gap and ensure equal pay for equal work.
Ten years after President Obama made the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first bill he signed into law, Democrats are building on that progress with this critical legislation to unlock women’s full economic potential, empower families and grow the economy.
“We made great progress with the Lilly Ledbetter Act in 2009, which was the first bill President Obama signed into law. Now that Democrats have retaken the House, we’re making sure equal pay for equal work is a top priority again,” Engel said. “If women and men do the same job, they should get the same pay. It’s unfortunate that in 2019 we still need to say this obvious truth, but we do. Equal pay for equal work will also result in a much stronger economy and greater stability for workers and their families across the board. We need paycheck fairness and we need it now.”