Former State Representative and Congressional Candidate Elizabeth Esty released the following statement regarding the Senate’s rejection of the Paycheck Fairness Act:
“I was deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans chose to block the Paycheck Fairness Act earlier today. This is a commonsense bill that should have attracted bipartisan support, and today’s failure is a reminder of how broken Washington has become. The truth is that despite the progress that has been made over the years, women’s pay still lags behind men by a considerable margin. Women still only make 77 cents for every dollar that men make. But pay equity is not just about fairness. It affects children across America when women are paid less for comparable work. Many families depend on the wages of women, and fair wages become even more critical for children living in single-mother households. In Congress, I will work to advance the progress established by the Lilly Ledbetter Act, and I will always stand up for fair pay for all people and all families.”
Elizabeth Esty is a Democrat running for the open seat in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District. Esty is a community leader, attorney, and mother who has earned a reputation as a tireless, progressive advocate for the middle class.