Gender Pay Gap Bill Faces Tough Road In Senate

Created: 04/09/2014 7:44 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats from the Capitol to the White House are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women.

But while the bill is partly designed to energize the party's core voters, it stands little chance of surviving a showdown vote Wednesday in the Senate.

The chamber's Democrats will need at least five Republicans to keep the measure alive - a level they probably won't achieve.

Democrats are hoping the fight will earn them support from women, who generally favor the party. Republicans have the backing of business groups and say the measure will tie the hands of employers.

The bill would make it harder for companies to pay women less than men for the same work. It would also be easier for aggrieved workers to sue employers.

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