Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Last Friday the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (HR 12, S 181) passed the Senate on a vote of 61-36, surpassing the obstructionist Republicans' attempt at a filibuster by invoking the cloture rule. Wage-equity bill sails through Senate
All 16 female senators — including four Republicans — voted for the bill.
Arizona's Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain voted against fair pay for women. Remember their despicable actions at election time.
The House had paired the Paycheck Fairness Act (HR 12, S 182), which the House had approved with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, but the Senate considered the bills separately. The Paycheck Fairness Act is on the calendar and can be called by the Majority leadership at any time.
Because the Senate separately passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, it had to go back to the House. The House approved it again on Tuesday by a vote of 250 to 177. Congress OKs bill easing suits for pay bias; Obama to sign it Arizona's Congressional Democrats voted for the bill, all the Republicans voted against it. Remember their despicable actions at election time as well.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act will be the first Congressional Act signed into law by President Obama.
"What a difference a new Congress and a president make," said Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., sponsor of the bill and chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee.
The Act will reverse a wrongly decided Supreme Court decision.
UPDATE II (1/29/09):
President Barack Obama, center, signs the Lilly Ledbetter Bill with Lilly Ledbetter, forth from the left, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, in the East Room at the White House in Washington.