KEY VOTE: ATR Urges a NO Vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act

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Posted by Olivia Grady on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, 4:30 PM PERMALINK

House Representatives will likely vote soon on the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7), which was introduced by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) on January 30, 2019.

Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for Worker Freedom urge Representatives to vote NO on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Unfortunately, this bill would actually likely harm the women the Democrats are claiming to help. If signed into law, the legislation would likely lead to less flexible work schedules for women, fewer incentives for those who work hard and lower pay for all.

In addition, the United States has already prohibited gender discrimination by employers for many years. President John Kennedy, for example, signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law on June 10, 1963, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is also the law.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would also require businesses to show that pay discrepancies between workers who are purportedly doing the same job are based on “bona fide job-related factors” that are “consistent with business necessity.” Congresswoman DeLauro introduced this bill to resolve a gender wage gap that Congress has tried solving before.

However, according to analysis by the Heritage Foundation, any gender gap in wages can largely be attributed to factors like choice of occupation or forgoing higher pay in exchange for a flexible schedule or more generous benefit packages.

While additional laws prohibiting discrimination will probably not help women, President Donald Trump and the Republicans’ policies of tax reform and deregulation have helped women.

In addition to allowing women to keep more of their hard-earned money, tax reform and deregulation has led to an economic boom that has helped all Americans, particularly women.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in February, the jobless rate for adult women was 3.4%. In September, female unemployment reached its lowest rate in 65 years at 3.3%. In addition, wages for women age 25 – 34 grew at 5.4% YOY in 2018’s fourth quarter, and 62.7% of job growth in 2018 came from women.

Greater economic freedom and tax cuts clearly help women far more than government mandates. Americans for Tax Reform and the Center for Worker Freedom, therefore, urge House Representatives to vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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