President Joe Biden is taking significant strides to address pay equity issues for federal government employees and those working for federal contractors. As he prepares for his visit to Palm Beach County and Miami on Tuesday, the administration is finalizing regulations that will prohibit the use of an individual’s private sector pay history in determining their compensation within the federal government or as a federal contractor.
The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009, holds great significance as it was the first bill he signed after assuming office, with Biden serving as vice president at the time. These forthcoming regulations aim to rectify the existing disparities in pay between women and men within the federal workforce.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of this landmark legislation, President Biden will travel to the Palm Beach and Miami areas on Tuesday to participate in two “campaign receptions.” While the White House has provided limited information about the specifics of these events, additional details are expected to be released soon.
As the visit draws near, flight restrictions have been announced by the Federal Aviation Administration. At Palm Beach International Airport, flight restrictions will be in effect from 11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., encompassing a 10-nautical-mile radius, and from 11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. within 30 nautical miles across six airspace areas. Furthermore, flight restrictions will be imposed at Miami International Airport from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Although state party officials have not provided further information regarding the visit, it is worth noting that Palm Beach is the location of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The last time President Biden visited South Florida was prior to the November 2022 midterm elections, where he delivered speeches in support of gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and U.S. Senate candidate Val Demings in Miami-Dade County, and engaged with approximately 100 seniors in Hallandale.
Interestingly, during his tenure as vice president in 2016, Biden campaigned in Palm Beach Gardens for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has scheduled a donor fundraiser for her campaign in Palm Beach on Wednesday. With Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently withdrawing from the race, Haley remains Trump’s sole contender for the Republican nomination, making the upcoming primary in her home state of South Carolina a crucial milestone.
Palm Beach County, where these events are set to take place, holds a predominantly Democratic voter base, with 326,387 registered Democrats compared to 268,943 Republicans and 263,064 individuals registered under other affiliations, according to the Supervisor of Elections.
President Biden’s visit to Palm Beach County and Miami not only serves as an opportunity to commemorate the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act but also highlights his commitment to addressing pay disparities and advocating for fair compensation within the federal government. As the administration finalizes regulations to eliminate the use of private sector pay history in determining federal salaries, it signifies a step towards achieving greater equity and fairness in the workforce.