About Damn Time: Fair Pay Act Passes the Senate (36 Republicans Vote Against)

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is finally poised to become law


The Senate approved landmark worker-rights legislation on Thursday that will make it easier for those who think they've endured pay discrimination to seek legal help. The vote was 61-36.

The House of Representatives approved a similar measure on Jan. 9, three days after the 111th Congress convened. Because the Senate made modest changes in the House version, the House must pass it again. Once it does, as is assured, this will be one of the first bills President Barack Obama signs into law. 

The measure passed the House in the last Congress and enjoyed majority support in the Senate, but was blocked by a Republican filibuster.

Looking over the roll call, every Democrat in the Senate (sans Kennedy and the two vacant seats) voted for the bill, as did five Republicans -- Susan Collins (Maine), Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania). Every woman in the chamber supported the legislation.

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