Republicans continued to claim they aren't conducting a War On Women by blocking even a debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate.
Senate Republicans voted unanimously on Wednesday to block debate from beginning on Democratic-led legislation aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women.
The motion to proceed to the Paycheck Fairness Act received 53 votes for, and 44 against, falling short of the 60 needed to defeat a filibuster.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), is backed by President Barack Obama. It would make it easier for a woman to sue an employer if she's getting paid less than a male counterpart for doing the same work. It would also prohibit employer retaliation against workers for talking about how much they earn.
"For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans don't appear to be interested in closing the wage gap for working women," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
Reid switched his vote to 'no' at the last minute, a procedural maneuver to preserve his right to bring up the bill again.