A bill that backers claimed would help close the pay gap between men and women failed to move out of the Senate today, after a vote to break a filibuster failed.
The vote to end the filibuster was short of the 60 needed votes, with 52 voting to move towards actual debate on the bill and 47 voting against. No Republicans supported the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., voted against the bill in a procedural move that allows him to bring the bill up again.
The bill would have put the burden on employers to prove that a difference in pay between men and women was anything other than the result of gender, would forbid retaliation against employees who share salary information, boost Labor Department training initiatives, and provide grants for programs to help women negotiate better pay. Read