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Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez has received a score of 100% on the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Action Fund's "Congressional Voting Record for the 112thCongressional Voting Record scores Members of Congress and Senators based on their votes on issues of importance to women and their families. The Senator's perfect score given by AAUW reflects his commitment to fighting for the values of our hard-working families, like promoting education, spurring job growth, and keeping our communities safe. Congress, First Session." The AAUW's Congressional Voting Record scores Members of Congress and Senators based on their votes on issues of importance to women and their families. The Senator's perfect score given by AAUW reflects his commitment to fighting for the values of our hard-working families, like promoting education, spurring job growth, and keeping our communities safe.
"I am very proud to receive this perfect score from the AAUW, which reflects my longtime record of standing up for women, children and families," said Menendez. "Now more than ever - as Tea Party politics tightens its grip on republicans in Congress - we must redouble our efforts and fight for real progress for women, families and our future."
In its report, the AAUW highlighted the Senator's introduction of the "Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act of 2011," which would provide $30 billion to hire or retain approximately 400,000 educators and an additional $5 billion to keep thousands of firefighters and police offers on patrol and off the unemployment line. Senator Menendez also introduced the "Equal Rights Amendment" in the Senate in 2011, to amend the Constitution and guarantee equal rights under the law, regardless of gender. He has also introduced a bill to posthumously award Alice Paul, a New Jersey native who led the successful effort to introduce and pass the 19th Amendment and was a tireless advocate for women's rights around the world, the Congressional Gold Medal. Senator Menendez was also an original co-sponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was enacted into law in 2009 and removed many of the legal barriers blocking women from fighting discrimination in the workplace.
The 2012 report includes scores for both Senators and Members of Congress' voting records and bill co-sponsorships. Menendez also received a perfect score in the 111th Congress. Since 1881, AAUW has been the nation's leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls. The AAUW Action Fund advances equity for women and girls through member activism and voter mobilization.