This week saw the failure of many hopes that the Paycheck Fairness Act, passed by the House last year, would pass the Senate in the lame-duck session and become the law of the land. Instead, even debate on the bill was blocked when only 58 Senators voted to allow debate to proceed without a filibuster. (Yes, the maneuver that one journalist calls the “Tarantino,” because “it kills bills.”) Below, watch as advocates for fair pay meet at the White House to discuss next steps.
“The purpose of the meeting was to discuss today’s Senate vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Administration’s ongoing efforts to promote equality and economic security for American women and their families,” presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote in an email statement sent immediately afterward. She called it “inspiring” to meet with “women who have dedicated their careers to the fight for equal rights for women, including Lilly Ledbetter, who became a relentless advocate for equal pay after fighting her own battle against discrimination.” In the video below, President Obama speaks informally with the group, which included Jarrett; Melody Barnes, the Director of the Domestic Policy Council; Tina Tchen, Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. We’ll keep you posted on recommendations that come out of these meetings, and possible next steps for those who want to take more action.