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On the First Day of the General Election Campaign, Shaheen Votes Again for Paycheck Fairness Bill That Scott Brown Opposed Twice


Candidate Contrast on Day 1: Shaheen Supports Equal Pay for Equal Work, Scott Brown Does Not

Nationwide, Women are Paid Just 77 Cents on the Dollar Compared to Their Male Colleagues

Manchester – Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted a fourth time in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would help ensure New Hampshire women are paid the same amount as men for doing the same job. As a Massachusetts Senator, Scott Brown voted twice against this bill.

Nationwide, women are paid, on average, only 77 cents on the dollar compared with their male colleagues. The legislation Senator Shaheen supported today would strengthen protections for women who are victims of pay discrimination.

“New Hampshire women don’t need phony awards, they need someone like Jeanne Shaheen who will fight to make a difference for them,” said Shaheen Campaign Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “The difference for New Hampshire women couldn’t be more clear: Jeanne Shaheen supports equal pay for equal work, but when Scott Brown had the chance to support the same legislation, he voted against it twice.”

As a Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act twice, first in 2010 and then again in 2012. Scott Brown’s opposition to equal pay has contributed to his difficulties winning the support of women voters in New Hampshire, who he has lately attempted to win over by offering strange “hero awards” to compensate for his record on the issues that matter to New Hampshire women.

Senator Shaheen knows that it’s wrong that women only make 77 cents for every dollar men earn, which is why she has worked tirelessly to combat pay discrimination. As Governor, she strengthened the state’s equal pay law by providing a legal process for women to challenge pay inequities. In the Senate, she was a cosponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides new resources for women to fight against pay discrimination. The Senator is also an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

“Scott Brown’s economic policies are wrong for New Hampshire women and middle-class families,” added Kirstein.