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H.R. 2502: Equal Pay for Servicewomen Act

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When a person enrolls in the military, the service itself pays for their uniform, and also provides an annual clothing allowance for a servicemember to replace uniform items. However, those costs fall disproportionately on women, due to a combination of higher prices and more women requiring additional clothing items.

For example, the new Army Green Service Uniform dress coat costs about $163 for women, about double the $82 it costs for men.

All that adds up. A February report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) calculated that in fiscal year 2020, the estimated out-of-pocket clothing cost was more expensive for women than for men in every military branch. Specifically, it was $171.82 higher in the …

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Julia Brownley

Sponsor. Representative for California's 26th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 14, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Apr 14, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Apr 14, 2021

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28 Cosponsors (22 Democrats, 6 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Apr 14, 2021

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