Tea-Publican Senators filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

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The “gender gap” is just going to keep growing wider into a chasm. Tea-Publicans in the U.S. Senate filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act today — in a real democracy without the Senate filibuster rule, the bill actually passed. Paycheck Fairness Act falls 6 votes short in Senate:

Despite a heavy messaging push from top Democrats [the “give America a raise” and “fair shot for everyone” agenda], the Senate failed to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act on Wednesday, aimed at cutting into the national gender wage gap — falling six votes short.

mccain_flakeThe bill, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), had 52 co-sponsors, but Democrats were unable to persuade any Republicans to vote in favor of the legislation.

Sixty votes were needed to proceed on the bill, which Democrats vowed they would reintroduce if it failed in Wednesday’s vote. The bill amassed 54 votes, before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) changed in his vote to “no” in order to allow him to reintroduce the bill.

Had it passed, the bill would have made it illegal for employers to retaliate against a worker who inquires about or discloses her or his wages or the wages of another employee in a complaint or investigation. It also would make employers liable to civil actions. And as part of this bill, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would be required to collect pay information from employers.

Tea-Publicans pay lip service to supporting equal pay for equal work — in theory — but not in reality if it requires government regulation and  subjecting businesses to civil liability. Call your senators and give them a piece of your mind.

Remember in November ladies.

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