Politics

Obama urges Senate passage of equal pay bill

FILE - In this April 24, 2012 fie photo, President Barack Obama speaks at University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Sure, there's always handwringing about money in politics. This time really is different _ the first presidential race since the courts pulled out the stops, freeing billionaires and businesses to write multimillion-dollar checks for their pet candidates. It's the Year of Big Money. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE - In this April 24, 2012 fie photo, President Barack Obama speaks at University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Sure, there's always handwringing about money in politics. This time really is different _ the first presidential race since the courts pulled out the stops, freeing billionaires and businesses to write multimillion-dollar checks for their pet candidates. It's the Year of Big Money. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)  (2012 AP)

President Barack Obama is calling on the Senate to pass legislation that aims to assist women to earn the same pay as men. The bill is not expected to win the support it needs to advance.

Obama says in a teleconference with advocates of the legislation that if Congress passes the bill, women would have access to more tools to claim equal pay for equal work. He says women now earn on average 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

Republicans say the legislation would place unnecessary burdens on businesses.

Under the bill, firms would have to show that differences in wages are not based on gender. It also would ban retaliation against employees who reveal their own wages or seek information about wage practices by their employers.