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Senate Blocks Pay Equity Bill

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, accompanied by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., holds up a letter in opposition to the Paycheck Fairness Act during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, accompanied by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., holds up a letter in opposition to the Paycheck Fairness Act during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

(Politico) – Senate Republicans rejected a measure written by Senate Democrats aimed at bridging differences in pay between men and women.

The Paycheck Fairness Act fell short 52-40, failing to clear a 60-vote procedural vote hurdle on Monday evening, the third time the measure has failed since spring of 2012.

hat might be the last vote this year on Democrats’ poll-driven, election-year legislation aimed at creating a national contrast between Democrats and Republicans, aides said, given this is likely the last week the Senate is in session before recessing for the midterms.

Democrats say the Paycheck Fairness Act would make significant headway to narrowing gender pay disparities by offering training for salary negotiations, increasing employees’ legal options for fighting pay disparities and prohibiting retaliation against employees seeking salary information.

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