As the father of four daughters, one of my highest priorities is ensuring that they and all women have equal opportunity and parity in terms of education, employment opportunities, and equal pay. It is time to acknowledge the simple fact that women’s rights are human rights, and we must use this approach as we address the pressing issues facing women today.
We must protect women’s fundamental rights, ensure that women are treated equally in our society, and work to support women in the developing world. Healthcare, reproductive justice, workplace fairness, working to end domestic violence, and international aid programs are all critical elements to accomplishing these goals.
Sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking shouldn’t be partisan issues. This is about standing with the women of this country, increasing their safety, and bringing perpetrators to justice. I was proud to co-sponsor the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which President Obama signed into law in March. This law renews successful violence prevention programs and will improve the efficiency of lifesaving services.
I am also an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 377), which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act and close gaps in the law that have allowed discriminatory pay practices to continue. There is simply no excuse for allowing wage discrimination to continue to harm workers and families.
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This Thursday is the 5th anniversary of the last increase to the federal minimum wage, marking a half-decade since our nation’s poorest workers received a raise. Last fixed at $7.25 in 2009, the minimum wage has since dropped in terms of real earnings due to inflation, losing nearly ten percent of its value over the last five years. While today’s fulltime employees face a tough job market and an increasingly global economy, no American worker should ever have to overcome a salary that leaves their family below the poverty line.
WASHINGTON – Tuesday afternoon the House of Representatives passed a number of bipartisan bills to address sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is a major domestic and international problem. The House passed five bills addressing sex trafficking. These bills included the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, which was cosponsored by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6).
WASHINGTON – The White House announced today that the United States will send a team of military and intelligence personnel and hostage negotiators to Nigeria to help the Nigerian government find nearly 300 abducted girls.
The terrorist group Boko Harem has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and has threatened to sell the girls into slavery.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
WASHINGTON – April 8, 2014 is Equal Pay Day, a date that symbolizes when women’s wages catch up to what men were paid in the previous year, reflecting the fact that women on average earn $0.77 cents for every dollar paid to men.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 377) and has signed a discharge petition to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act to the House Floor for a vote. The Paycheck Fairness Act would update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act, which was signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963.
Throughout Women’s History Month 2014, we shared stories of remarkable women from around the world on our Facebook page. In case you missed any of the posts, we have rounded up all of the entries here. We hope you enjoyed the series.
WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) joined 31 of his congressional colleagues in an open letter of support to the women of Afghanistan. The letter, organized by Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4) will be translated into Dari and Pashtu and distributed across Afghanistan by civil organizations that work with women. On April 5, Afghanistan will hold provincial and presidential elections.
WASHINGTON – Since 1987, Congress has recognized March as Women’s History Month. For each day of Women’s History Month, Congressman John K. Delaney’s (MD-6) Facebook page will highlight women leaders from across the Sixth District and around the world.
WASHINGTON – Last night, British Foreign Secretary William Hague received the 2014 Hillary Clinton Prize for Women, Peace and Security. In his speech at Georgetown University, Mr. Hague called for action to end sexual violence as a weapon of war, stating that, “we know that the world is capable of agreeing that even during war, certain actions are unacceptable. We must remove rape and sexual violence from the world’s arsenal of cruelty.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Catherine Russell was sworn in as Ambassador At Large for Global Women’s Issues. The Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues is one of five at-large ambassadorships in the State Department and was created in 2009.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) issues the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Speaking today on the House floor, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) called for an increase to the minimum wage. Delaney’s speech marked the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his first State of the Union address. In his speech Johnson declared “an unconditional war on poverty.”
Minutes before Delaney spoke, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer highlighted Delaney’s leadership on the minimum wage issue on the House floor.