Women's Economic Empowerment

Beyer Votes For Legislation To Strengthen Equal Pay Act And Reduce The Wage Gap

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Rep. Don Beyer today voted for H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, landmark legislation to help close the gender wage gap by strengthening equal pay protections for women. The bill, which passed in the House, would create more effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work, including requiring employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related re... Read more »

Beyer on Equal Pay Day: The Gender Wage Gap Hurts Our Nation

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement on Equal Pay Day, March 24—the day through which the typical woman would have had to work to earn what the typical man earned the previous year. In 2019 (the most recent data), the typical woman working full-time, year-round earned 82.3% of what her male counterpart e... Read more »

House Passes Bill To Pave Way For National Adoption Of Equal Rights Amendment

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The House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) to facilitate ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The measure previously passed one year ago in the House following Virginia’s ratification of the ERA, which brought the Amendment across the 38-state threshold for national adoption. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), a longtime proponent of the ERA, voted yes... Read more »

Speaker Pelosi Taps Beyer To Chair Joint Economic Committee

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Today, Speaker Pelosi announced that she is recommending Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) to chair the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC). If confirmed, Congressman Beyer will become the first Democrat to chair the JEC since Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) chaired the committee during the 112th Congress (2011-2013). In response to Speaker Pelosi’s announcement, Congressman Beyer issued the followin... Read more »

We May Already Be Out Of Time To Avoid Expiration Of Enhanced Federal Unemployment Benefits

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Rep. Don Beyer, the Vice Chair and top Democrat on Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, today issued the following statement on Senate Majority Leader’s announcement that the Senate would take “weeks” to pass legislation that includes an extension of expanded federal unemployment benefits: “Mitch McConnell may already have doomed the tens of millions of American workers who depend on enhanced feder... Read more »

Coronavirus stimulus: Surprise jobs report adds doubt to second round

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Once Washington absorbed Friday’s surprise jobs report showing a gain of 2.5 million jobs in May (after forecasts for 8 million jobs lost) many turned the question of how the news impacts the long awaited negotiations for an additional phase 4 stimulus deal. "We'll be asking for additional stimulus money,” President Trump said Friday morning as some speculated that a deal might now be off the tabl... Read more »

Vice Chair Beyer: Gender Wage Gap is a Loss for Women, Families, Economy

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), the Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), issued the following statement to mark Equal Pay Day, a date that symbolizes the large disparity between the annual wages earned by a typical (median) man and typical woman. In order for the median woman to earn what the median man did in 2018—the last year for which annual data are available—t... Read more »

Following Virginia’s Ratification Of The ERA, House Passes Bill To Pave The Way For National Adoption

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The House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) to facilitate ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The measure advanced in the wake of Virginia’s ratification of the ERA, which brought the Amendment across the 38-state threshold for national adoption. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), an original cosponsor of Speier’s legislation, spoke on the Floor during... Read more »

Beyer SOTU Guest Lisa Sales Highlights Virginia Ratification Of Equal Rights Amendment

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today welcomed Lisa Sales to the President’s State of the Union Address. Sales chairs the Fairfax County Commission For Women and is a leader of VA Ratify ERA, Virginia’s campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). “Lisa Sales is one of many deeply committed advocates whose tireless efforts helped win ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment after years of struggle... Read more »

Connection Newspapers: After Virginia Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment

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After Virginia Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment By Connection Newspaper Staff - 01/28/2020 Rep. Don Beyer (D-8), a longtime supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and cosponsor of legislation to extend the deadline for ratification, issued the following statement after the Virginia General Assembly voted to ratify the ERA: “Today, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Ri... Read more »