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ISSUE SPOTLIGHT: Equal Pay Day

President Obama, in his Equal Pay Day proclamation, explained:
"Women — who make up nearly half of our Nation’s workforce — face a pay gap that means they earn 23 percent less on average than men do. That disparity is even greater for African-American women and Latinas. On National Equal Pay Day, we recognize this injustice by marking how far into the new year women have to work just to make what men did in the previous one."


Equal Pay Day
On this Equal Pay Day, April 9, 2013, POPVOX is spotlighting a variety of bills related to women’s wages. Weigh in on these bills on POPVOX and share with your friends and networks.
S 84 Paycheck Fairness Act: Amends the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) known as the Equal Pay Act to revise remedies for, enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages. (And HR 377.)
S 168 Fair Pay Act: to prohibit discrimination in the payment of wages on account of sex, race, or national origin. (And HR 438.)
HR 951Women and Workforce Investment for Nontraditional Jobs: To promote the economic self-sufficiency of low-income women through their increased participation in high-wage, high-demand occupations where they currently represent 25 percent or less of the workforce.
HR 1010Fair Minimum Wage Act: To provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015, in three steps of 95 cents each. (And S 460.)
HR 650WAGES Act: To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to establish a base minimum wage for tipped employees.
HR 229Original Living American Wage (LAW) Act: To provide for the calculation of the minimum wage based on the Federal poverty threshold for a family of 2, as determined by the Bureau of the Census. 


Please keep in mind that highlighting a bill doesn’t imply a POPVOX endorsement in any way. Rather, we’re simply trying to offer one more way to stay informed of an overwhelmingly complex legislative system.

ISSUE SPOTLIGHT: Equal Pay Day

President Obama, in his Equal Pay Day proclamation, explained:

    "Women — who make up nearly half of our Nation’s workforce — face a pay gap that means they earn 23 percent less on average than men do. That disparity is even greater for African-American women and Latinas. On National Equal Pay Day, we recognize this injustice by marking how far into the new year women have to work just to make what men did in the previous one."

Equal Pay Day

On this Equal Pay Day, April 9, 2013, POPVOX is spotlighting a variety of bills related to women’s wages. Weigh in on these bills on POPVOX and share with your friends and networks.

  • S 84 Paycheck Fairness Act: Amends the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) known as the Equal Pay Act to revise remedies for, enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages. (And HR 377.)
  • S 168 Fair Pay Act: to prohibit discrimination in the payment of wages on account of sex, race, or national origin. (And HR 438.)
  • HR 951Women and Workforce Investment for Nontraditional Jobs: To promote the economic self-sufficiency of low-income women through their increased participation in high-wage, high-demand occupations where they currently represent 25 percent or less of the workforce.
  • HR 1010Fair Minimum Wage Act: To provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015, in three steps of 95 cents each. (And S 460.)
  • HR 650WAGES Act: To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to establish a base minimum wage for tipped employees.
  • HR 229Original Living American Wage (LAW) Act: To provide for the calculation of the minimum wage based on the Federal poverty threshold for a family of 2, as determined by the Bureau of the Census.

Please keep in mind that highlighting a bill doesn’t imply a POPVOX endorsement in any way. Rather, we’re simply trying to offer one more way to stay informed of an overwhelmingly complex legislative system.

Outstanding student loan debt in the United States topped $1 trillion in 2011, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Of that debt, $864 billion was from the federal government and approximately $150 billion was private student loan debt. Nearly 40 million people carry student loan debt nationally, with an average balance of $25,000.

While not everyone has student loan debt, it does have staggering effects on the economy. According to the New York Federal Reserve, the high levels of student debt is preventing the richest crop of potential buyers — young college graduates — from purchasing homes. Weigh in on these bills related to student loans and POPVOX will deliver your message to Congress,

A new issue topped the list of priorities among POPVOX users this week: whether the federal prohibition of marijuana should end. More than 3,200 people weighed in on the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act (HR 499) — overwhelmingly in support of legalizing marijuana. You can read their stories and weigh in yourself and POPVOX will deliver your message directly to Congress, guaranteed.

Immigration reform is gathering steam in Washington, DC. The President spoke about immigration reform in his State of the Union speech — and several Democrats and Republicans alike are promoting the new Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

This isn’t the first time that lawmakers have considered sweeping immigration reform. Here’s a look at the history of immigration reform in the recent decades.

Issue Spotlight: Immigration

Here are some bills introduced in Congress related to immigration reform. Weigh in and POPVOX will deliver your message to your Members of Congress. (Bills listed chronologically, in order of introduction date.)

Please keep in mind that highlighting a bill doesn’t imply a POPVOX endorsement in any way. Rather, we’re simply trying to offer one more way to stay informed of an overwhelmingly complex legislative system.