DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Mitt Romney’s Refusal to Say Whether He Supports the Paycheck Fairness Act

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today on Mitt Romney’s continued refusal to say whether he supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close existing loopholes in our nation’s pay equity laws and help women secure equal pay for equal work:

“On a question as basic as whether or not he supports legislation to make equal pay for equal work a reality in this country, it is simply baffling that Mitt Romney still can’t offer the American people a straight answer. In fact, his campaign didn’t respond to five requests for clarification on Romney’s position. We’ve been down this road before. Just last month, the Romney campaign said they’d have to get back to us on whether or not Mitt Romney supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—the first bill signed into law by President Obama, which goes to the heart of the equal pay issue by giving women the power to challenge discrimination where they work.

“Today, millions of American women are still waiting for answers—would Romney sign a repeal of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act if he were president? Why won’t he take a stand against paycheck discrimination by declaring his support for the Paycheck Fairness Act, as President Obama has been proud to do? This should be a no-brainer for Mitt Romney. Women should have the ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay for the same work as their male co-workers, and anyone who wants to be president shouldn’t hesitate on that question.

“The effects of the Paycheck Fairness Act would be far-reaching. The fact is that when women make less than men for the same work, it hurts their families and the economic security of our communities. President Obama understands that—he knows that we’re all in it together and that the only way we’re going to grow our economy is by giving all Americans a fair shot and a fair chance to succeed. Sadly, Mitt Romney’s silence on this core issue of economic fairness shows once again that he doesn’t know what it takes to help America’s middle-class families get ahead—and that’s the kind of failed leadership Americans cannot afford to have in the Oval Office.”