UPDATED 7:52 AM PT — Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The House is planning to vote on a bill to close the so-called gender wage gap. This week lawmakers on Capitol Hill have scheduled a vote on the ‘Paycheck Fairness Act,’ which is a bill aimed at providing equal pay for men and women working the same job.
The bill will amend the ‘Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938’ by addressing gender discrimination in the workforce.
The measure is likely to pass in the House, with one Republican and over 230 Democrat co-sponsors signing on.
“We implicitly recognize as women that the pay gap and the wage gap is an injustice that persists through secrecy, and it’s an injustice that persists to the present day,” stated New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Over the next three weeks, House Democrats have also scheduled votes on other key bills, including the ‘Violence Against Women Act’ and net neutrality.