The Paycheck Fairness Act once again did not pass in the Senate.
The act, supported by President Obama and widely supported by Democrats, was held up in the Senate after a 52-47 vote.
In a statement, Sen. Patty Murray said, "I am extremely disappointed that my Republican colleagues have once again said 'no' to a common sense bill to make sure women were given equal pay for equal work. Republicans did agree to one thing today, however. At a time when women in my home state of Washington are still making only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, they said 'yes' to maintaining the status quo"
Murray also said the bill is about the economy.
"When women aren’t paid what they deserve, middle-class families and communities pay the price," she said. "Women in my home state of Washington still earn 77 cents on the dollar; a pay gap that averages $11,834 in lost earnings each year. That’s an extra 90 weeks of groceries or 179 tanks of gasoline. To women in Washington and to most women across America, that’s certainly not a 'manufactured issue' It’s very real."