WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Chair of the House Republican Conference, discussed the policies Republicans are promoting to help women – and everyone – secure jobs and an opportunity for a better life. In a House Republican press conference today, McMorris Rodgers highlighted the significant impact women in Eastern Washington and across the country have on the economy.
“I’m sure you’re aware that today is “Equal Pay Day” – and as a woman – and as one that has two young daughters– I have always supported equal pay for equal work, as have all of us. What we’re promoting as Republicans are those policies that are going to empower women and everyone. Give people freedom, flexibility, jobs, higher pay checks, and the opportunity for a better life. All you have to do is look at last week’s jobs report, where you see that the President’s policies are having the exact opposite impact. What you see are those policies that are actually creating more unemployment for women, and less opportunities for job growth, and less opportunities for a higher paycheck.
“So on this year’s ‘Equal Pay Day,’ I want to celebrate and highlight the important role that women are playing in our economy. When you look at the fact that 47% of the workforce now are women, that they make most of America’s consumer spending decisions, 2 out of 3 small businesses right now are being started by women. They are the majority of our healthcare workers as well as 85% of healthcare decisions are made by women. So women understand the direct impact of the policies and the impact that they have on them, So on this equal pay day I would urge us to stop politicizing women and let’s start focusing on those policies that are actually going to help women – and everyone in this country – have a better life. Let’s focus on those policies that are actually going to move forward on a jobs plan that will create a higher paycheck, more opportunities, and an opportunity for a better life, which we all want.”
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