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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Senate Republicans Block Bill Aimed to Combat Gender Pay Gap

Senate Republicans on June 8 blocked a bill aimed to combat the gender wage gap in their second use of the filibuster since President Joe Biden took office.

The Paycheck Fairness Act received a vote of 49 to 50, falling short of the 60 votes needed to advance.

The bill would have required employers to disclose more information about their pay scales to prove that pay gap between male and female employees are due to “bona fide” factors, such as education, experience, and training.

The bill would also train women in negotiation skills related to compensation and equitable working conditions and would require public education regarding wage discrimination.

Republicans said that the legislation was redundant and would be a burden to employers.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the legislation part of the Left’s “radical parade” of legislative proposals and that it would be “exploiting the cause of pay fairness to send a windfall to trial lawyers.”

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer called the Republicans’ move “ridiculous” and likened it to how Republicans first successful use of the filibuster when they blocked a legislation to create an independent commission on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot from advancing.

“Americans expect their government to make progress to prove our country, but Senate Republicans once again seem to be choosing obstruction,” Schumer said.

Patty Murray, the chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Provisions, told news company Politico that the legislation should not be “a partisan bill.”

Murray added that “any senator who agrees that women deserve to be paid fairly, for the work they do and who wants our families in our economy to fully recover from the economic harm of this pandemic” should have voted for the bill.

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