NHDP - NH Senate Committee Passes Equal Pay Act, Kelly Ayotte Filibustered

Concord – An equal pay law Kelly Ayotte filibustered as a ‘job killer’ has the support of New Hampshire’s State Senate Republicans on the Commerce Committee.  The New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act which passed state Senate Commerce Committee unanimously today, would have a very similar impact to federal the Paycheck Fairness Act .

In 2012, Ayotte defended her vote opposing the anti-wage discrimination legislation saying Paycheck Fairness would, “make it more difficult for job creators to create jobs” but provided no evidence for the claim. 

“Senator Ayotte isn’t just out of touch with New Hampshire women, she is even out of touch with her own Republican Party,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.  “The wage gap undermines the economic security of countless New Hampshire families where women are either the sole or a joint bread winner.”

Nonpartisan studies show that “women in New Hampshire are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $12,012 between men and women who work full time in the state.”  The wage gap exists even when controlling for industry, position, experience, performance, and working the same job as a man, women still earn less.  Over her lifetime, a working woman loses on average hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages.  Denying equal pay for equal work doesn’t just discriminate against women – it also jeopardizes the economic security of families across the country.

The New Hampshire Fair Pay Act was sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen and House Speaker Terie Norelli.  Working together, Democrats in the New Hampshire State House are making the fight for fair pay a top legislative priority.

“The Paycheck Fairness legislation Democrats are fighting for, and Kelly Ayotte helped national Republicans filibuster would made a real difference for women in New Hampshire and across the nation,” continued Buckley.  “Shame on her for not standing up for Granite State women.”