Paycheck Fairness Act - Cloture Vote

Senate Roll Call No. 249
111th Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 58-41 (see complete tally)
On November 17, 2010, a majority of the Senate (58-41) voted in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3772). This amount, however, fell two votes short of the 60 needed to invoke cloture and allow the bill to proceed to consideration on its merits. The ACLU supported this legislation, which would amend the Equal Pay Act of 1963, a law that has not been able to fulfill its promise of ensuring equal pay for equal work because of legal loopholes and weak remedies. In particular, the Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen and update the Equal Pay Act by requiring employers to demonstrate that wage differences among employees, who hold the same position and do the same work, stem from factors other than sex; prohibiting retaliation against workers who inquire about their wages; leveling the playing field by ensuring that women can obtain the same remedies as those subject to discrimination based on race or national origin; and reinstating the collection of important wage-related data. The bill also provides technical assistance to employers and important safeguards for small businesses.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 249
Votes For : 58
Votes Against : 41
Not Voting : 1