House to vote on DC statehood, gender pay gap
By Cristina Marcos - 04/06/21 04:16 PM EDT
The House will vote this month on legislation to make Washington, D.C. a state, and to address the gender pay gap, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Tuesday.
Hoyer in a memo to lawmakers outlining the legislative agenda said the House will first consider two worker protection bills that Democrats previously passed in the last session of Congress: the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would bar employers from inquiring about prospective employees' salaries and ban retaliation against employees who compare wages, as well as a bill requiring health care employers to develop workplace violence prevention plans.
The following week, the House will vote again on legislation to grant statehood to the District of Columbia, as well as legislation to prevent another travel ban like the one enacted by former President Trump against several Muslim-majority countries.
Hoyer further said that the House may vote on legislation to address hate crimes against Asian Americans, such as the shootings at Atlanta-area spas last month in which most of the victims were Asian women.