It seems 60 is the new 50 still in senate, as the GOP and Nebraska Democratic Senator Ben Nelson blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Included in the senators who filibustered the bill were three female Republican senators.
Via Huffington Post:
Senate Democrats were unable to overcome a Republican filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Tuesday, with the chamber falling two votes short of the 60 needed to end debate and proceed to a vote on the measure that would help combat wage discrimination on the basis of gender.
The vote broke down along party lines with the exception of sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who sided with Republicans and voted against cloture. Not a single member of the GOP broke rank.
Observers closely watched the votes of Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Tex.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), all women senators who voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides basic protections against wage discrimination.
“Senate Republicans had their latest opportunity to do the right thing, work with Democrats to reduce wage inequality for women, and help the American families they support,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in a statement after the vote. “This was a prime opportunity to enact the kind of common-sense, bipartisan solutions to our economic problems that the American people are demanding, but Republicans spurned it.”
Republicans attempted to woo women to vote for them throughout the 2010 campaign cycle using the argument of the “Mama Grizzlies” and a new feminism that went beyond reporductive rights. Of course, now that the election is over, the party has gone right back to its original contempt for gender equality.
There has been no word on if Senators Snowe, Collins or Bailey Hutchinson are ready to offer to cut their own senatorial pay down to 77 cents on the dollar in solidarity of the vote they just case for the rest of the women of America.