DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement celebrating Equal Pay Day and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:
“Today is National Equal Pay Day, a day when women across this country can reflect on the progress that’s been made toward equal pay for equal work and continue to shine a light on the pay inequities that still exist and the politicians who deny, ignore or exacerbate the problem.
“President Obama and Democrats understand that equal pay is so important for women and their families that one of the first pieces of legislation Democrats passed in 2009 and the first bill the President signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ensures that women can fight for equal pay for equal work, and on National Equal Pay Day we celebrate our continued fight for economic equality, regardless of gender.
“The President’s commitment to women is in stark contrast to Mitt Romney and the GOP’s attitude toward equal pay for women. While Democrats and the President were making equal pay for equal work a priority, nearly every Republican in the House and Senate voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who Mitt Romney has called a ‘hero,’ recently repealed that state’s fair pay law; and Mitt Romney refuses to say if he would have signed Lilly Ledbetter had he been president at the time. His campaign on a conference call last week couldn’t even articulate a response when asked his position on the law.
“It is shocking and disappointing that in this day and age Mitt Romney and Republicans aren’t willing to stand up for working women across America who on average earn just 77 cents on the dollar. But, given Mitt Romney’s approach to women’s issues perhaps we should not be at all surprised. After all, Mitt Romney has pledged to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood, repeal the Affordable Care Act which will end gender discrimination in health insurance coverage and ensure women have affordable access to contraception and preventive health care, ban a woman’s right to choose even in the case of rape or incest and allow women's bosses to decide if insurance policies cover contraception and other health services for women.
“On Equal Pay Day women can rest assured that Democrats and President Obama will continue the fight for equal pay for equal work and will fight for their right to make health care choices for themselves and their families. It’s a shame that Mitt Romney and Republicans can’t say the same thing.”