Vice Chair Crowley Statement on Equal Pay Day

Apr 14, 2015 Issues: Economy and Jobs

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on Equal Pay Day, which reflects how far into the current year women must work to match what men earned in the previous year. Crowley is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens the Equal Pay Act and helps to ensure women everywhere will earn a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

Equal pay is not just a women’s issue – it’s a family issue. House Democrats are pushing for equal pay because it is only right that a woman earn the same pay as a man for the same work. The fact that women continue to make on average 77 cents for every dollar earned by men is simply outrageous and must be changed. On Equal Pay Day, we renew our commitment to creating opportunities for everyone – men and women, alike – to succeed.”

Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.