Will Senate GOP Join Allen in Refusing to Support Paycheck Fairness?
Richmond, VA - As former Senator George Allen continues his refusal to support the Paycheck Fairness Act that would help women fight wage discrimination, Republicans in the U.S. Senate may be poised to join him in a vote scheduled for this afternoon.
Virginia women make just 79 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make for doing the same work, but that hasn't stopped Allen from refusing to support this commonsense bill to help close that gap, and it may not stop his GOP friends in the Senate from voting it down today.
"It is unbelievable that a candidate for U.S. Senate in the year 2012 can refuse repeatedly to support legislation that simply ensures women are paid equally for doing the same work men do, and it's flatly inexcusable that Republicans may succeed today in defeating that legislation," said Virginia State Senator Senator Barbara Favola. "If George Allen and his Republican friends can't even support ending wage discrimination then they have no business representing us in Washington.
"Virginia women shouldn't have to wonder if candidates running to represent them believe their work is worth less money than their male coworkers. We deserve better than George Allen and Senate Republicans' refusal to stand up for paycheck equality."