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Paycheck Fairness Act fails in Senate on party-line vote

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) speaks during a press conference to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, on Capitol Hill April 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014 failed to pass out of the United States Senate on a 53-44 party-line vote. The proposed legislation would have strengthened laws prohibiting pay discrimination based upon gender. In the senate, a bill usually requires a vote of at least 60 members to move forward to the floor for consideration. This parliamentary process allows a minority of senators to effectively stop a bill that would pass on a majority vote.