Senate Passes Ledbetter Act

As Senator Barbara Milkulski (D-MD), manager of the bill, noted, this is the first legislation passed by the Senate since President Obama took office. Not sure that should be a point of pride: Legislation that will encourage litigation against employers, discourage new hires, and do nothing to inspire economic recovery.

S. 181, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, was approved by a 61-36 vote. (Roll call.)

Every amendment offered to clarify the law or apply it more directly to those employees who had a legally credible claim was rejected on a nearly partyline vote.

Sen. Mikulski and Senate Majority Leader Reid commented on the constructive tone taken during the debate, which in most legislative bodies means one side has an overwhelming majority. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), who offered several meritorious amendments, noted that the bill was run directly to the floor without a committee mark-up, the standard and respected process step that could have addressed legal ambiguities and provided a more complete consideration. But the tone…

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