Senate Blocks Paycheck Fairness Act – Again

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was not in support of the bill.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted no.

The Paycheck Fairness Act failed to move forward – again – on the Senate floor today. A vote was blocked to open debate. Sixty votes were needed to prevent a filibuster; the Senate voted along party lines 53 to 44. The roll call is available here.

The bill, which has 52 co-sponsors in the Senate, prohibits employer retaliation against workers who share salary information with coworkers and increases the compensation women can seek for pay discrimination, allowing them to  pursue back pay and punitive damages.

3 comments for “Senate Blocks Paycheck Fairness Act – Again

  1. April 11, 2014 at 4:20 am

    As infuriating as it is, I at least understand why the votes basically went along party lines… but why did Harry Reid vote nay? That is so odd.

    • lizodool
      April 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Apparently it was a procedural move that allows them to bring this to the floor again.

      • April 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        Ah, okay. Sausage-making is weird.

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