Gillibrand says fight for equal pay for women will continue

By Matt Porter

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 6:56 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A day after 'Equal Pay Day,' a vote failed in the U.S. Senate to bring a bill to the floor that would confront wage discrimination.

The Paycheck Fairness Act failed to get the sixty votes to overcome a filibuster in the Senate. It lost by only six votes.

The bill would make it illegal for companies to punish workers for disclosing or inquiring about co-worker salaries, and would also ask the federal Equal Opportunity Commission to collect paycheck information from employers.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said women earn two-thirds on the dollar of what a man earns in the same position.

"Only two instances is the traditional model of the husband going to work and the wife staying at home," Gillibrand said. "And so when you're paying women less, it's affecting almost all families in New York."

The vote fell on party lines with not a single Republican voting in favor of allowing debate on the bill.