Senate Republicans block gender wage-gap bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked legislation that Democrats said would narrow the gender-wage gap, a disparity that took on heightened significance during the pandemic as women disproportionately left the workforce or lost their jobs.

The vote was 49-50 on a procedural motion to take up the legislation, with Democrats voting yes and all Republicans voting no. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was absent Tuesday, but even had she voted, Democrats would have fallen short of the 60 votes needed to overcome Republican opposition.

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