PFA fails, with a majority of votes in favor

As described earlier, the Paycheck Fairness Act was blocked in the Senate by the GOP. It never got a legitimate vote, instead it was blocked on a cloture vote, which is the mechanic by which legislation that only needs 51% to pass still fails if it can’t get to 60%.

The Hill reported it as:

Democratic legislation meant to fight gender discrimination in the workplace failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate Tuesday on a procedural vote.

In a 52 to 47 tally the Senate defeated the Paycheck Fairness Act. The legislation aimed to increase protections for women filing gender-discrimination lawsuits, as well as create a federal grant program to improve women’s salary negotiating skills.

As always, no mention of the fact that the 52 votes were in favor of the bill. As usual, no one in the “mainstream media” bothered to point out that 52 votes should be enough to pass, but for minority party obstruction. Amazingly, the closest I saw was Politico, who at least mentioned the filibuster aspect.

Washington Post: “The Paycheck Fairness Act earned 52 votes in favor of proceeding to final consideration, short of the 60 votes necessary. Senate Republicans voted en masse against the measure, believing that it could adversely affect businesses if employees attempt to file pay-related lawsuits.”

FoxNews: “The bill received 52 votes in its favor, only 8 votes shy of the minimum to pass to final consideration, according to the Washington Post”

USA Today: “As expected, the pay equity bill failed along party lines, 52-47, short of the required 60-vote threshold. But for majority Democrats, passage wasn’t the only point. The debate itself was aimed at putting Republicans on the defensive on yet another women’s issue, this one overtly economic after a government report showing slower-than-expected job growth.”

Politico: “The vote Tuesday was 52-47, falling short of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster and proceed to debate on the bill. It failed to attract any Republican support, with key moderates such as Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown – whose reelection battle this fall is one of the most closely watched in the nation – warning of potential adverse effects on businesses.”

I’d love to give you the NBC, ABC, and CBS takes on it, but I haven’t found any stories by them on it yet…

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