Senate Republicans delivered their second major filibuster of the Democratic agenda Tuesday, blocking a House-passed bill aimed to ensure equal pay regardless of gender.
The vote came hours after Sen. Mitch McConnell, minority leader and a Kentucky Republican, warned the GOP to block the June legislative agenda put forward by the Democratic majority.
The House passed the “Paycheck Fairness Act” in April with only a single Republican vote.
Republicans opposed the bill, calling it unnecessary and that it will hobble businesses and open them up to costly lawsuits.
In a floor speech Monday, McConnell said the bill “would send a windfall to trial lawyers,” and he accused Democrats of “exploiting the cause of pay fairness.”
Meanwhile, Democrats dared the GOP to oppose the bill they said would simply ensure women are not cheated out of pay for work they perform that is equal to male colleagues.
Democrats contend women earn only