Democrats crafted the measure to appeal to women in the midterms.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) predicted that Republicans would block the Senate from considering legislation aimed at ensuring equal pay for women.
“For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans do not appear to be interested in closing the wage gap for working women,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. “Are Republicans in the Senate so repulsed by equal pay for hard-working American women that they can’t even stomach the thought of debating the issue?”
The Senate Budget Committee chairwoman says the fund could run out by July.
The Senate voted 71-28 Tuesday to confirm Neil Kornze as director of the Bureau of Land Management.
And Frank Klotz was confirmed by voice-vote to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) led more than 10 Democratic senators in calling for passage of her legislation, the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“We believe that women need a fair shot to get equal pay for equal work,” Mikulski said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “We want the same pay for the same job. We want it in our law books and in our checkbooks. … Today is the day for equal pay.”
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) comments Tuesday show the stark contrast between the two parties on women's issues.
"Tune in tomorrow and find out whether five Republicans will join us to raise this issue of pay fairness for women across America. I am not encouraged by the statement just made on the floor by the Republican Senate Leader," Durbin said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) challenged Republicans to not block wage equality legislation before the Senate.
Reid said it was “unconscionable” that women take home 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts take home.
The legislation would allow the president to deny a visa to Iran’s new UN ambassador.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set up votes for later this week on the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Reid filed cloture on a motion to proceed to S. 2199, which aims to close the wage gap between women and men working equivalent jobs. That procedural vote will happen Wednesday unless there is agreement to vote sooner.
The Senate voted to confirm three of President Obama’s executive branch nominees by voice-vote Monday.