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GOP derails gender pay gap bill in Senate

Published on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

GOP derails gender pay gap bill in Senate

The outcome on the Senate floor was not a surprise, but Democrats were playing to a wider audience.

With public opinion polls showing Democratic voters less enthusiastic than Republicans this year, Democrats aimed the measure at women, who historically lean more toward their party than men. They were also casting the issue as a crucial one for the middle class because so many families rely on female wage-earners -- and promised to revisit it before Election Day.

"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," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the measure's sponsor.

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