JUST IN: By a vote of 73-25, the Senate has agreed to move on to a full debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act for the first time. (This bill is the model for the NYS Women’s Equality Act pay equity provisions.)

Finally, Americans will get a hearing on the Senate floor about the issue. The next big vote will be the one to end debate which needs 60 votes before the bill can have an up or down vote. Then a simple majority is needed to pass the bill.

While it is still an uphill battle to get this passed, and there’s a rough road ahead for the cloture vote needed to end debate, this is the farthest the bill has gone. The issue will have visibility and anything can happen in an election year.

 
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