Las Vegas, NV – Today, April 4, is Equal Pay Day, a milestone for how far into 2017 women would need to work to earn what men were paid in 2016. It’s also a reminder of Republican Senator Dean Heller’s abysmal record on pay discrimination against women. Heller has voted repeatedly against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“Ever since he got to Washington, Dean Heller has been voting against equal pay for equal work for Nevada women,” said Nevada State Democratic Party First Vice Chair Marty McGarry. “As with almost any policy issue, Senator Heller tries to shift positions to suit his audience and say whatever’s politically expedient at the time, but Heller’s callous voting record over the years against equal pay legislation speaks for itself. Nevada women deserve better than a Washington politician like Dean Heller who pays lip service to the cause of equal pay while actively blocking their ability to fight pay discrimination in the workplace.”
Nevada’s working families depend on women earning full paychecks to put food on the table and make ends meet, and the Paycheck Fairness Act would provide women with the tools they need to achieve equal pay for equal work. According to data compiled by the National Women’s Law Center, today’s wage gap in Nevada would cost a woman$284,640 over a 40-year career when compared to a man.
Senator Heller is out of touch on a range of issues that affect Nevada women and their families. In addition to opposing paycheck fairness legislation, Heller wants to defund Planned Parenthood, opposes a woman’s right to choose, and just voted last week to jeopardize health care for low-income women who rely on the Title X family planning program.