The Paycheck Fairness Act
On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed
Senate Roll Call No. 103
113rd Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 53-44 (see complete tally)
On April 9, 2014, a majority of the Senate (53-44) voted in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199 – language identical to S. 84). This amount fell short of the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture and allow the bill to proceed to consideration on its merits. The ACLU supported this legislation and a vote in favor of cloture.  In the same form as the bill considered in 2012, the Paycheck Fairness Act would provide a much needed update to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 – a law that has not been able to achieve its promise of closing the wage gap because of limited enforcement tools and inadequate remedies.  Among other things, the legislation requires employers to demonstrate that wage differences among employees who hold the same position and do the same work, stem from factors other than sex and prohibits retaliation against workers who disclose or inquire about their wages.  (Though Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is listed as voting "no," he did so solely for procedural reasons to enable the legislation to be voted on again in this Congress. He has stated that he strongly supports passage of this legislation.)

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 103
Votes For : 53
Votes Against : 44
Not Voting : 3