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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Senate Fails to Move on Fair Pay Legislation

Last night, the Senate’s motion to end debate on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act fell short of the 60 votes necessary to call an up-or-down vote. Just four votes shy, Senate Democrats were noticeably disappointed with the outcome and vowed to continue their fight for equal pay. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) was quoted as saying, “I have a terrible feeling the Senate just won’t get it, but the women will…and we will start a revolution.”

Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released a statement after the vote. “Though we narrowly lost today’s battle, these equal rights protections are worth the fight. We must demand that the Senate stop ignoring the realities of the workplace, and that our lawmakers not allow corporate special interests to dictate public policy. We are on the side of millions of ordinary Americans who go to work each day to provide for their families. They deserve to have the promise of fairness fulfilled, and we won’t stop until it is.”

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