Updated 06/05/2012 08:01 PM
Paycheck Fairness Act fails
A bill that was up for discussion on Capitol Hill to level the pay between men and women, failed Tuesday. YNN's Erin Billups has more.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For weeks now, democrats from the president on down have been pushing for passage of a bill in Congress that calls for equal pay between men and women in the workplace.
"If Congress passes the Paycheck Fairness Act, women are going to have access to more tools to claim equal pay for equal work," Obama said.
The measure would prevent employers from retaliating against employees that share their salary information with co-workers and makes it easier for those discriminated against to file suit.
"This wage gap has real consequences. Women and families economic security are put at risk when they are paid less than men for performing the same job," said North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan.
But on Tuesday, democrats failed to get enough support to hold a vote on the measure, senators clearly voting along party lines.
Republicans argue the measure had little to do with women, saying it's more an effort on the part of democrats to resuscitate the "War on Women" rhetoric.
"Instead of a trial lawyer bailout, let's address the issue of equal pay. Instead of holding votes designed for press release, let's actually solve our nation's problems," Nevada Senator Dean Heller said.
And democrats did use the blocked-vote to attack republicans, even taking aim at Mitt Romney for being silent on the issue.
"He should show some leadership, in my opinion, Governor Romney. And tell his fellow republicans that opposing fair pay for all Americans is shameful. Instead no one knows," said Senate Majority leader Harry Reid.
While election year politics may prevent passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act this time around, bill sponsor Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski says the fight is far from over.
"Put on your lipstick. Square your shoulders, suit up and lets fight for this new American revolution where women are paid for equal pay. For equal work," Mikulski said.
The House has no plans to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.