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Senate Republicans block Democrats' paycheck fairness bill
Senate Republicans block Democrats' paycheck fairness bill

WASHINGTON — With sought-after women voters at stake, Senate Republicans blocked election-year legislation Wednesday aimed at ensuring that female workers receive equal pay for doing the same work as men. A high-profile campaign for the Paycheck Fairness Act, orchestrated by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the White House, did little to motivate Republicans in a mid-term election year when both parties are seeking women voters. Republican senators blocked the bill on a party-line filibuster, 53-44, with many waging a protest vote over party leaders' refusal to allow amendments. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), the longest-serving woman in Congress, said it "brings...

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