The vote, 52 to 47 in favor, was strictly along party lines. Two Independent senators, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernard Sanders of Vermont, voted along with Democrats in favor of its passage while Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who is recovering from a stroke, did not vote, according to The Hill. The legislation fell short of the 60 votes it needed for cloture, which would have then allowed a full, time-limited Senate debate and then a standard up-or-down vote.
“I say to the women out there in America, let’s keep this fight going. Put on your lipstick, square your shoulders, suit up and let’s fight for a new American revoultion where women are paid equal pay for equal work, and let’s end wage discrimination in this century once and for all,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the bill’s chief sponsor, in a rousing speech on the Senate floor after the measure failed.
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