Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a bill that would have ensured women are paid the same amount as their male counterparts.
The Senate failed to secure the 60 votes needed to advance the
Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have required employers to
demonstrate that any salary differences between men and women doing the
same work are not gender-related. The bill also would have prohibited
employers from retaliating against employees who share salary
information with their co-workers, and would have required the Labor
Department to increase its outreach to employers to help eliminate pay
The final vote was 52-47, with all Republicans opposing the bill.
That included female Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Susan Collins (Maine),
Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Olympia Snowe