On Wednesday, Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act for the third time. By a vote of 53 to 44, the Senate was unable to move past the 60 votes necessary to override the Republican filibuster. The vote would have opened debate on the legislation. Every single Republican Senator voted against the measure. Every last one of them.
The bill would prohibit retaliation against employees who share their salary information with each other, which supporters say would eliminate the culture of silence that keeps women in the dark about pay discrimination. It would also require the Department of Labor to collect wage data from employers, broken down by race and gender, and require employers to show that wage differentials between men and women in the same jobs are for a reason other than sex.
Instead of presenting a valid reason for their obstruction, Senator McConnell deflected blame onto President Obama.
“At a time when the Obama economy is already hurting women so much, this legislation would double down on job loss, all while lining the pockets of trial lawyers,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said before the vote. “In other words, it’s just another Democratic idea that threatens to hurt the very people that it claims to help.”