Call to Action: Contact your Member of Congress regarding upcoming vote on Equal Pay

The US House of Representatives will be voting on H.R.7 – Paycheck Fairness Act  the week of March 25.  It’s important that we contact our Members of Congress (MoC) regardless of party – anytime between now and MONDAY!

All Democrats in the House have co-sponsored the bill, and only one Republican (. We are asking you to contact your MoC – find contact information here – send a message or call and leave a message:

  • If she/he is a Democrat or the one Republican, please thank them for co-sponsoring, supporting and voting in favor of this bill – the latter in advance. This lets them know we are paying attention. This also gives them a foundation against the lobbyist who oppose this bill.  They can say they’ve heard from constituents who want them to support this bill.
  • If your MoC is a Republican (or if you know someone who has a Replica MoC please share this post with them) contact him/her and tell them you want them to vote YES on this bill and that yes, you are paying attention to their votes.

Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who filed the bill, explains that the larger the house majority the more impact this will have on the Senate (according to Roll Call):

“If we have a good strong vote, that puts pressure on the Senate to do something,” she said. “There will also be the grassroots effort, the external pressure on the institution, the external pressure on the Senate.”

Think about what Congresswoman DeLauro is saying here, pressure to get “the Senate to do something.”  Consider even taking it up? Consider it’s worthy of any kind of consideration?

DeLauro has been introducing the Paycheck Fairness Act since 1997. It received a House vote in each of the last two Congresses that Democrats held the majority.

In 2008, it passed 247-178, with 14 Republicans supporting it. And in 2010, it passed 256-163, with 10 Republicans backing it. Of the Republicans who voted “yes” both years, only Smith and Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart are still in Congress.

If the Senate doesn’t take up the measure this session, or can’t pass it, and if Democrats win full control of Congress and the White House in 2010, DeLauro said she’ll push for the Paycheck Fairness Act to be the first bill a newly elected Democratic president signs next Congress.


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