April 10, Moscow, Idaho – Representative Shirley Ringo, Democratic Party candidate for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District and a 14-year veteran of the Idaho legislature, said today that the Senate Republican’s blocking of legislation to promote equal pay for equal work was a wrong-minded step backward against working women.
Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, intended to strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act and reinforce the principle of equal pay for equal work.
“To block this commonsense legislation from getting an honest debate in Congress is a clear demonstration of what is wrong in Washington DC today,” Rep. Ringo said.
“If a simple piece of legislation that helps ensure fairness for women in the workplace can’t be heard – a proposal reinforcing our most basic American value of equal opportunity for all – then how can this polarized Congress be expected to act on any of the important issues Americans need addressed for our future?”
“Equal pay is a critical issue for this campaign,” Rep. Ringo continued. “I have no doubt Congressman Labrador will do everything he can to block any future legislation on equal pay. When elected to represent Idahoans, I will fight to bring it back for debate. Women’s rights cannot be put on the back burner to placate deep-pocketed corporations.”
The blocking of the Paycheck Fairness Act comes on the heels of Equal Pay Day and two new executive actions signed by President Obama on Tuesday to promote equal pay for women.
“There is simply no reason why any woman should ever have to accept less pay when doing equal work,” Rep. Ringo concluded. “Today, women still only make about 78 cents for every dollar made by a man. This is unacceptable. Equal pay for equal work must be more than words. We must make it a reality.”
Ringo is co-sponsoring a petition with more than 30 leaders across the country to encourage Congress to accept the act. The petition can be found on her campaign website www.ShirleyRingo.com.