Bellows Statement on Senate Republicans Blocking Paycheck Fairness
Augusta – This morning, the U.S. Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Susan Collins voted with her Republican colleagues to block the bill from moving forward.
“Three times now, Susan Collins has joined with her Republican colleagues to block legislation that would have increased transparency and offered protection to victims of wage discrimination,” said Bellows.
“Women aren’t earning less than men for doing the same job – they’re being paid less than men for doing the same job. This morning, Republican Susan Collins had the opportunity to move a bill forward that would help address the gender pay gap. Instead, she voted to stand with her Republican colleagues and block women in Maine and around the country from receiving equal pay for equal work.”
Shenna Bellows has stood up for women and families her entire career. As Executive Director of the ACLU of Maine and a leader in the Coalition for Maine Women, Shenna Bellows advocated for passage of thePaycheck Fairness Act in 2010 and 2012 when it was also blocked by Republicans including Susan Collins. She’s been endorsed by Feminist Majority PAC and the National Organization for Women’s NOW PAC and has been aggressively involved in the fight to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.