MADISON – The Democratic Party of Wisconsin today applauded President Barack Obama for signing the historic Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, ensuring American workers are treated fairly under the law by correcting wage disparities. 

DPW Chair Joe Wineke issued the following statement:

“President Obama today signed his first bill into law as President, sending a forceful message about our commitment to equality and economic opportunity for every American.

”Democrats fought hard to pass this legislation and end the wage disparities that have resulted in women making just 78 cents for every dollar men earn. That disparity hurts not only women, but all of our families, and I am proud that President Obama chose the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act as the first bill signed during his presidency.

“At a time when families around Wisconsin are struggling to address the current economic crisis, it is more important than ever that our economy works for everyone.”