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H.R. 1619 (114th): Paycheck Fairness Act

About the bill

Much has been made in recent years of the gender-based wage gap, with the oft-cited number from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that full-time female workers make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. (Although some studies have indicated that the gap is negligible or virtually nonexistent after controlling for certain variables.) The main bill in this Congress to close the gap is the Paycheck Fairness Act, S. 862 and H.R. 1619, introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in the Senate and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT3) in the House.

This bill contains several proposed changes to federal law. It would amend the Equal Pay Act of 1963, currently the primary law governing this issue, to limit when employers can pay differently to “bona fide factors, such as education, …

Sponsor and status

Rosa DeLauro

Sponsor. Representative for Connecticut's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 25, 2015
Length: 21 pages
Mar 25, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 25, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


193 Cosponsors (191 Democrats, 1 Independent, 1 Republican)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Susan Davis Calls for Action to Close the Gender Pay Gap
    — Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA53, 2003-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 12, 2016

Congresswoman Beatty Continues Strong Support of Equal Pay
    — Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 14, 2015

Happy Labor Day!
    — Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 5, 2016

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Mar 25, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 1619 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1619. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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