Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows today said working Mainers deserve stronger working class representation following Susan Collins’ vote to once again block the Paycheck Fairness Act – her fourth such vote in the past four years. Collins voted to filibuster the bill in 2010, 2012 and again earlier this year.

Bellows has made support of the Paycheck Fairness Act a centerpiece of her campaign and has repeatedlycalled on Collins to support it.

“Women deserve equal pay for equal work,” Bellows said. “The Paycheck Fairness Act would put in place commonsense protections for workers who stand up against pay discrimination. Any employer deliberately discriminating against his or her employees should be held accountable, and every working American should know that pay is based on merit. The working people of Maine deserve a senator who leads on equal pay, not one who finds reasons to vote against it.”

Collins has not released a statement this year about her opposition to the bill. Her last press release was June 5, 2012, when she said — without citing evidence — that it “would unnecessarily expose the small business community to excessive litigation[.]”

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