The value and success of our country is due in large part to the diversity of our citizens. I believe we should never discriminate against someone based on gender, race, creed, religion or sexual orientation. I believe in equal rights and I honor and respect all of the cultural, political and social achievements and contributions made by all people who continue to enrich our nation.
Equality also means equal pay for equal work. Raising the minimum wage and ensuring both men and women receive equal pay is a critical issue for many of today’s hardworking middle class families. I’m proud to have voted for both the Paycheck Fairness Act (which adds additional protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963) and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (which works to close the gap between men’s and women’s wages).
I am proud to be part of a country with a diverse population and so many hardworking families looking to achieve the American Dream. We must ensure we can all succeed in America in order to create a strong, secure and stable future for generations to come.