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(Washington, D.C.) –U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S.84) – released the following statement in recognition of National Equal Pay Day:

“Pay discrimination doesn’t just hurt workers and our economy; it chips away at one of our country’s fundamental principles of equality.  Equal work demands equal pay, but an unacceptable income gap persists.

“Today, on Equal Pay Day, I am reaffirming my commitment to a goal we haven’t yet met.  As long as millions of American women continue to only earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, we clearly still have a lot of work to do.”

Shaheen is the first and only woman elected both governor and senator in American history and over the course of her career has been a staunch supporter of pay-equity laws. She cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law four years ago and has cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act during the previous two Congresses.