Women and Families in the Economy

Women and Families in the Economy

Senator Casey’s top priority is the creation of family sustaining jobs. As the Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, Senator Casey continues this work while providing Women and Families with a stronger voice on job creation and economic policy. Senator Casey has voted to provide billions for tax cuts to encourage businesses to hire workers and has voted for legislation that provided tens of billions in capital for small businesses to expand their operations. Senator Casey has also been a strong critic of unfair trade policies that put American manufacturing at a disadvantage.

Senator Casey strives to ensure that the lives of our children can and will be better than our own lives. He is a nationally recognized advocate for children.

Ending the Gender Pay Gap

Senator Casey is concerned with the ongoing pay gap between men and women. In fact, since the adoption of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s have narrowed by less than 20 percent. Today, women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. Senator Casey is an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, (S.797), which would work to remedy the continuing discrepancy by increasing penalties for employers who pay different wages to men and women for “equal work,” while adding programs for training, research, and technical assistance for organizations that promote pay equity.

Flexibility for Working Families

During the 111th Congress, Senator Casey sponsored the Working Families Flexibility Act (S.3840). The modern workforce includes a broad and diverse cross section of Americans—dual earner households, older workers, single parents, those working multiple jobs and more. The Working Families Flexibility Act would provide employees with more options to meet the needs of their individual situation. This bill would give employees the right to request flexible work options in terms of hours, schedules and work location. It also provides employers with flexibility by encouraging them to review these requests, propose changes and even deny them if they are not in the best interest of the business. Senator Casey plans to reintroduce the bill later this year.