U.S. Senate Passes Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

By Chris Kissel January 23, 2009

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which overturns a 2007 Supreme Court Ruling that reinforced a strict 180-day window for filing pay discrimination claims, passed in the Senate at the end of the day yesterday. Both of Washington State's Democratic Senators voted to pass the bill.

The bill aims to set a fairer deadline for discrimination claims.

Cantwell released a statement reiterating her support for the bill last night, and yesterday Cantwell and Murray voted against a GOP substitute amendment introduced by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). No Democrats voted against the final version of the bill, and five Senate Republicans defected to pass the bill 61-36.

Washington State's delegation to the House voted along party lines when the bill passed there on Jan. 9; five Dems voted for the bill, while Rep. Dave Reichert and the Republicans voted against the bill.

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