Paycheck Fairness Act Case Study

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Even though Bills can be incredibly complicated, the actions of most Bills can be explained through a few steps. The main breakdown of the process of making a Bill into law is comprised of an introduction by a member of congress, committee review, the Senate and House of Representatives debate and vote, and the President’s decision to sign or not. What generally complicates things are the numerous factors that influence the process of creating a Bill. Therefore, many Bills are not fortunate enough to make it past the Senate and House of Representatives. For example, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a proposed Bill that has found continuous obstacles in the Senate and House of Representatives. While the Bill has made many strides in securing equal pay for women in the past few years, it ran into another obstacle in 2014 when it failed in the Senate and was sent back to the drawing board.…show more content…
The Paycheck Fairness Act is a Bill that was created to amend the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal to pay different salaries to men and woman who mainly do the same work. The phrasing of the original Bill left many topics up for interpretation by using vague phrases such as “establishment” instead of a more specific word like “county”. These loose phrases provided loopholes for large companies and allowed the wage gap to continue, which left women making about 78 cents for every dollar that a man makes (American Bar Association). The Paycheck Fairness Act set out to fully close the 23 cent gap by creating wage training programs for women, implementing greater wage transparency and accountability from employers, and creating an initiative that protects anyone who brings attention to or talks about wage gap issues within a
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