Female Senate Democrats said they would continue to fight for the Paycheck Fairness Act on the premise that women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, despite that the legislation failed to pass in the Senate on Tuesday.
A vote to end a filibuster and move the bill forward failed 52-47, following which female supporters from both the House and Senate convened a press conference on Capitol Hill and blamed the vote on the Republican Party.
There are 51 Democrats in the Senate and 47 Republicans, along with two Independents who caucus with the Democrats, giving them a 53-seat majority. The bill needed 60 votes to end a filibuster. No Republicans supported the legislation.
“There they go again,” said Sen. Barabara Mikulski (D-Md.), the lead sponsor of the bill. “We lost a pretty big vote today.”