Congresswoman Beatty Helps Introduce Historic Bills Boosting Paychecks and Ensuring Equal Pay
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) and fellow members of House Democratic Leadership recently introduced the Raise the Wage Act, H.R. 603, and the Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 7. If enacted, H.R. 603 would give tens of millions of Americans a raise by increasing the minimum wage to $15 by 2026. Meanwhile, H.R. 7 would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.
“I am proud to be an outspoken champion of the Raise the Wage Act, giving a much-needed, meaningful pay raise to over 27 million Americans, including 40 percent of my constituents. I am equally as proud to be an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the ever-persistent pay gap between men and women,” Beatty said. “A full-time job shouldn’t mean a full-time life in poverty. Similarly, it is truly beyond comprehension that a woman still earns only 82 cents for every dollar a man makes.” She continued, “Both bills rectify these societal wrongs and ensure expanded economic opportunity for everyone.”
Currently, one in nine U.S. workers are paid wages that leave them trapped in poverty—even though they are working full-time and year-round—and, if the trend continues, it will take more than 100 years to close the gender pay gap.
The Raise the Wage Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act have been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor for further consideration.