House Democrats want to shrink the gender pay gap. 

The Paycheck Fairness Act, designed to close the wage gap between men and women, was approved by house Democrats today.

Now the bill heads to the Republican-led senate.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, (D) Connecticut said, “Men and women who are on the same job deserve the same pay. “

Congresswoman DeLauro says women on average make just 80 cents for every dollar paid to a man. That number is even lower for women of color. 
She says that’s why Democrats wrote the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Congresswoman DeLauro said, “It puts teeth into the 1963 Pay Equity Act that says you can not discriminate against women based on sex. That if you decide you’re not going to pay women equal pay – you have to explain why you are doing that.”

Congresswoman DeLauro said the biggest economic challenge people face in their lives is that their jobs just don’t pay them enough money. 

“I do not care what profession you’re talking about, whether you’re a bus driver, a waitress, a engineer, a university professor, a news anchor,” said Congresswoman DeLauro

But the Conservative Heritage Foundation said pay should be based on a person’s experience and what they contribute to the business, not gender.

Genevieve Wood with the Heritage Foundation says Democrats simply don’t know what they’re talking about.

Wood said, “The fact is women and men in the same positions with the same backgrounds are being paid equal today.”

And she says among younger workers, women are doing very well.

Wood said, “If you look at young women and men in about 147 out of 150 major metropolitan, young women are actually making more than young men verse coming out of college and in a similar jobs so women should maybe be careful of what they wish for here.”

The legislation will now head to the Senate where it faces a much tougher road under Republican control.