Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) irked many Democrats on Tuesday when she missed a procedural vote to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is one of her pet issues, The Washington Times reports.
A procedural motion Tuesday to bring up the legislation failed on a 49-50 party-line vote, but even if Ms. Gillibrand had participated, the measure would have fallen short of the 60 votes needed to overcome the GOP filibuster.
Still, the missed vote prompted “Al Franken” to trend on Twitter, pushed by progressives who have never quite forgiven Ms. Gillibrand for leading the charge for Mr. Franken to resign over multiple groping allegations. The Minnesota Democrat stepped down from the Senate in January 2018.
Federal law already prohibits discrimination based on sex, but the bill would have increased civil penalties for violations and retaliation against workers who file complaints, and banned requirements forbidding employees from disclosing their salaries.
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