Washington, D.C. – In another Jekyll and Hyde political maneuver, the Senate GOP unanimously voted down the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to allow for equal pay for women.
The Senate failed to obtain the 60 votes necessary to allow the bill to be heard in debate, with 39 GOP senators and one Independent casting negative votes.
Four of the 39 downcast votes, belonged to Republican women, two representative of New England States. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Deborah Fischer (R-NE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted against advancing the bill, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).
Eight senators, including 6 Republicans didn’t participate in the vote.
Today’s vote further delays debate on the purpose of the act, to substantially reduce “the number of working women earning unfairly low wages” in an aim to reduce dependence on public assistance and stabilize the American family through a fair rate of pay for all working individuals.
Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse voted to advance the bill.