With the Senate back in session, a vote was scheduled today on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close loopholes in current legislation while preventing pay discrimination and prohibiting employer retaliation. In the United States, women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Over a forty-year career, this amount could add up to between $500,000 and $1 million. Even in one year, the additional 23 cents is the equivalent of eight months of groceries.
When the Paycheck Fairness Act came up today, it needed 60 votes to survive a procedural filibuster. Unfortunately, it only received 58, with 41 votes against it.
If you support Paycheck Fairness, please take a moment to see how your Senators voted. If your Senators were supporters, please thank them for their help, and ask them to pledge to support future pay equity measures. If they were not supporters, please let them know your thoughts about their votes.