Today is Equal Pay Day – a day that reminds us of the remarkably positive impact women have had on our economy. Comprising nearly half of the total workforce, women play a significant role in all industries from medicine to technology to business to education. House Republicans have always supported equal pay for equal work, and if a woman is discriminated against because of her gender, that is both wrong and against the law. We’ll continue to fight discrimination in the workplace and work hard to empower women all across this country.
Let’s revisit some of the solutions House Republicans have promoted to empower all Americans with equal economic opportunities.
Flexibility in the Workplace
For many Americans, their career isn’t the only work on their plate. Women manage 83% of the household income, and make 85% of purchasing decisions. H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act gives working women the flexibility they need to be leaders both in the office and at home. The bill was introduced in 2013 by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and has 168 cosponsors in the House.
Increasing Take-Home Pay
Our complicated tax code is one of the greatest perpetrators of financial abuse — taking money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans. House Republicans have passed several bills like H.R. 4935, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014, that reform our tax code with working Americans in mind. House Republicans know equal pay for equal work requires a solid economic foundation.
Education and Job Training Programs
H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eliminates weak programs to ensure that time spent in the classroom is effective and efficient, and women walk away with the skills they need. Charter schools — a source of innovation and individualization — are strengthened through past and future House-passed legislation.
Fighting Back Against the 30-Hour Mandate
Under Obamacare, employees are only required to provide coverage for those who work over 30 hours — which in turn lead to decreased hour for hardworking American across the country. This rule disproportionately hurt women — in fact, 63% of those most at risk of lost hours are female. House Republicans continue to pursue solutions to the costly and inefficient Affordable Care Act, so all Americans can get back to work.
Touting legislation that sounds good but doesn’t do much is a disservice — it’s solutions like these, and many others passed by House Republicans, that will empower women in all corners of our country. Our priorities are your priorities — whether it’s keeping more money in your pockets, giving you flexibility in the work place, or ensuring educational opportunities — we’re here fighting for you.