Washington, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued the following statement after Republicans unanimously blocked a bill that would have helped close the wage gap for women:
“As their unanimous vote to deny women pay equality shows, Republicans want to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the reality that American women experience in the workplace every day.
“All across America, women are being paid 77 cents for every dollar that men make for performing the same work. The disparity is even starker for African American and Hispanic women. African American women make 62 cents on the dollar and Hispanic women 54 cents on the dollar compared to white men working the same hours in the same jobs.
“The threat of retaliation looms over women who attempt to address the wage gap in their workplaces, or even talk about the issue with their colleagues. The legislation Republicans filibustered today would have built on the Lilly Ledbetter Act to protect women from retaliation from their employers, and ensure they can discuss wage issues freely with their colleagues.
“This is a common-sense measure with broad public support. Nine out of 10 Americans – including 81 percent of men and 77 percent of Republicans – support this legislation. But once again, the only Republicans who are left opposing a common-sense measure to improve our economy and help middle-class families are the ones here in Washington.”