The Senate voted 73-25 to allow the bill to move forward to a debate.
This marks the second time this year that the Senate will take up the equal pay legislation.
The Senate blocked efforts to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) by a 54-43 vote today along strict party lines, with Republicans and moderates – including Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – voting no.
“The time has passed for us to recognize that what determines success should not be our gender, but rather our talent, our drive, and the strength of our contributions.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the Senate will vote on equal pay legislation as soon as next week.
Fifty years ago today, in 1963, President John F. Kennedy, Jr. signed into law the Equal Pay Act, banning gender-based wage discrimination in the workplace. Yet on the anniversary of the historical legislation, women continue to face substantial pay inequity in the workforce.