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Democrat-backed gender pay gap bill fails on test vote

A Democrat-backed bill aimed at curbing paycheck discrimination against women failed to clear a key Senate hurdle on Wednesday, as Republicans blocked the measure amid concerns from business groups. The bill fell short on a 53-44 vote. It needed 60 to advance. It was the third consecutive election year in which Senate Democrats have pushed the bill and Republicans have shot it down. The bill's rejection was widely expected, yet Democrats hope the effort will pay political dividends in this November's congressional elections. They are trying to drive up turnout this fall by women, who historically lean more Democratic than men. The bill would make it harder for employers to pay women less than men in comparable jobs, and easier for aggrieved workers to sue. Democrats say the bill is needed to help address the persistent gap between what men and women make. "For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans don't seem to be interested in closing wage gaps for working women," said Senate...

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