06.05.12

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To The Senate’s Vote Falling Short Of The Supermajority Needed To End A Filibuster Over The Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON -- In a vote of 52 to 47, the U.S. Senate Tuesday afternoon fell short of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster of the motion to proceed to a debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is a cosponsor of the bill and had helped lead efforts to enact an earlier remedy for wage discrimination against women – the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, the first bill signed into law by President Obama.  Following is Leahy’s statement after Tuesday’s Senate vote:

“Wage discrimination affects women of every generation and background, and when it happens, there should be effective remedies.  Too often, women seeking fair treatment are met with threats of retaliation.

“It is regrettable that these straightforward reforms have been blocked for now by Senate Republicans.  We will continue to build the case for these remedies, which will make a pocketbook difference to so many women in the American workforce, and to their families.”

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