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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement following the Senate vote on S. 3772, the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill needed 60 votes to proceed and failed on a 58-41 vote. Murray is a co-sponsor of the bill and voted for it to proceed.

“I am extremely disappointed that Senate Republicans blocked this common-sense legislation to close the pay gap and help women and families in Washington state and across the country.

“This issue shouldn’t be controversial, and it shouldn’t be political: it should be about right and wrong. And it’s simply wrong that women only earn 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, and that so many women doing the same job as men are earning significantly less.

“Despite years of progress, our country has still not yet completely eliminated discrimination and unfairness in the workplace. There have been improvements, but we are still not yet at the point where our daughters can expect to be paid as equitably and fairly as our sons. This wage gap extends far beyond a paycheck—it affects a family’s income and their ability to build a secure retirement.  And that has got to change.

“That’s why I was so proud to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act, which gives America’s working women additional support to fight for equal pay.  It takes critical steps to empower women to negotiate for equal pay, closes loopholes that courts have created in the law, creates strong incentives for employers to obey the laws that are in place, and strengthens federal outreach and enforcement efforts.

“The Paycheck Fairness Act is an important and essential step in the long march to end discrimination in America, and I am going to keep fighting for its passage.”