Eliminating Pay Discrimination
On the Cloture Motion
Senate Roll Call No. 110
110th Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 56-42 (see complete tally)
On April 23, 2008, a majority of the Senate (56-42), but fewer than the necessary 60, voted to invoke cloture and allow consideration of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (H.R. 2831). The ACLU supported the legislation, which would restore protections in wage discrimination laws that have been bedrock civil rights principles for decades and were undermined by a recent Supreme Court decision. The legislation addresses wage disparities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability, clarifying that such discrimination is not a one-time occurrence that starts and ends with a pay decision, but that each paycheck represents a continuing violation by an employer. (Please note While Senator Harry Reid of Nevada is listed as "no," he voted that way based only on procedural considerations to enable the legislation to be voted on again in this congress. He is a co-sponsor of the legislation and fully supports its passage.)

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 110
Votes For : 56
Votes Against : 42
Not Voting : 2