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Paycheck Fairness Act Fails to Advance in the Senate

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- As expected the Paycheck Fairness Act failed over a party line vote of 52-47, falling short of the 60 votes needed to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday.

Described as being “the next step” in bringing the Lily Ledbetter law “up to date,” the Paycheck Fairness Act would have attempted to close loopholes that still exist that keep women earning less than men for the same work.

Not a single Republican voted for the bill. Republicans were against the bill because they believe that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 already have broad coverage over paycheck fairness.

They believe the Paycheck Fairness Act would have allowed the government to “second-guess” employee wages and encourage lawsuits. They also point out that the bill would violate employee privacy by allowing employees to reveal their colleagues wages or salaries and that that the bill could also eliminate employee pay incentive programs, because such programs, by design, pay some workers more than others.

Senate Democrats vowed to keep fighting to get this bill passed.

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Senate Democrats Push for ‘Paycheck Fairness’ Bill for Women

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Democrats and the White House put on a coordinated full-court press on Monday, calling on Republicans in the Senate to support a bill called the “Paycheck Fairness Act,” which is billed as an effort to help achieve income parity for women.

The Senate is scheduled to hold a procedural cloture vote on the bill Tuesday, even though it is not expected to get the 60 votes needed to move forward in the Senate without Republican support.

Democrats describe the paycheck fairness bill as “the next step” to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – the first thing President Obama signed into law in 2009. This new bill is meant to bring that law up to date by finalizing and closing loopholes that some say keep women earning less than men for the same work.

“American women are mad as hell,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D- MD., sponsor of the bill, said Monday on a conference call, noting that women still make 77 cents for every dollar that men make for the same job requiring the same set of education. That data comes from a study of 2010 government statistics by a group called the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

The bill will most certainly become an issue for talking points, campaign ads, and election-year messaging which may be part of the Democratic calculus for moving toward the bill now as a narrative in the so-called “war on women.”

Democrats wasted no time to frame Tuesday’s vote in the context of presidential politics, challenging Gov. Mitt Romney to support the measure.

“We urge him to speak out and endorse this legislation ahead of the Senate vote,” Sen. Chuck Schumer. D-NY., said of Romney.

“Today he has refused to take a position on this important proposal. Well the silence is hurting our chances of advancing this legislation in the Senate. Because if he, as the standard-bearer of his party were to endorse this legislation, it would almost certainly cause the Republicans in the Senate to follow his lead and join Democrats to endorse this key reform.”

Discrimination on the basis of sex is already against the law but the Paycheck Fairness Act would require employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women doing the same work have a business justification and are truly a result of factors other than gender. The bill would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with their co-workers.

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Senate to Vote on Bill to Reduce Wage Disparities Among Sexes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate is set to take up a controversial bill designed to ensure equal pay for equal work and reduce pay disparities between men and women.

On Wednesday, senators will convene on Capitol Hill to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which has already passed the House.  President Obama calls it a "common sense bill" that would make it easier for women to file class action lawsuits against employers accused of sex based pay discrimination.  It will also require companies to be more aware of pay practices.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis this legislation is long overdue.  "The last time we actually made any changes in this law was back in 1966, almost 50 years ago, through the Equal Pay Act," she says.  "That was supposed to help end sex based wage discrimination and yet we find that we have not made enough of an impact, therefore we need this, and it helps to close those loopholes."

But some say the new act will burden businesses with extra paperwork.

"You're basically putting this huge paperwork burden on a company to report to the federal government -- to report to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission," says Brian Darling, Director of Senate Relations at The Heritage Foundation.  "And in the end, it's not going to do anything to help women make more money.  It's just going to enrich trial lawyers."

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