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H.R. 2048 (116th): Pink Tax Repeal Act

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About the bill

Should women be allowed to be charged more than men for similar products or services?

Context and what the bill does

In some areas of commerce, women are routinely charged more than men. Two prominent examples are haircuts and dry cleaning. Critics of gender-based pricing call it a “pink tax” because it happens much more often to women.

A New York City Department of Consumer Affairs study found that women’s products on average cost 7% more than the men’s equivalents.

The Pink Tax Repeal Act would ban the practice of charging higher prices based on gender for products and services.

It was introduced on April 3 as bill number H.R. 2048 by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA14).

What supporters say

Supporters argue the bill levels the playing field, …

Sponsor and status

Jackie Speier

Sponsor. Representative for California's 14th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 3, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Apr 3, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 3, 2019, 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).


68 Cosponsors (66 Democrats, 2 Republicans)



Apr 3, 2019

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

H.R. 2048 (116th) 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. 2048. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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