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Republicans Vote in Block to Stop Paycheck Fairness Act

On a vote of 58-41, with one Senator not voting, the Paycheck Fairness Act was blocked from coming to the Senate floor for an up or down vote this morning. The so-called moderate Republican Senators from New England – Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe from Maine and Scott Brown of Massachusetts – voted with their Republican colleagues, siding with big corporations against women’s rights to fight sex discrimination in wages. “Women’s groups all over the country will be working to ensure that this bill is voted on again and again until it passes,” said Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority. Smeal said in a statement, “It’s particularly outrageous that they’d vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act during a recession when women’s wages are especially important to keep food on their families’ tables and roofs over their heads. Women’s organizations are determined to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and, if necessary, to make it a major issue in the 2012 election.”

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Feminist Majority 11/17/10