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GOP blocks gender pay bill in Senate

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte
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The Senate Democrats ran into a roadblock in trying to pass a bill that would close the gap on gender pay.

According to the Associated Press on April 9, the measure fell short of the 60 votes the Democrats needed to pass the bill. The bill was not expected to pass, but it was meant to send a larger message to women voters that the Democrats were serious about closing the income gap.

Public opinion polls show that Democratic voters were less enthusiastic about voting this year than the Republicans, and that could spell big trouble for the Democrats in the midterm elections.

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) told the press after the vote that the Democrats are focused on rebuilding the middle class. She said:

"I want everyone to know, everyone in the Senate and everyone in the United States of America, though we lost the vote, we refuse to lose the battle. We are going to continue the fight."

This is the third straight year where Senate Democrats have pushed a bill to end gender pay discrimination. The Senate Republicans have blocked the measure every time.

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