Today, the Senate plans to take up the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, “rectifying the Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear that made it much harder for women and other workers to pursue pay discrimination claims.” While Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) are expected to return from the campaign trail to Washington to vote for this bill, Politico reports that McCain will skip the vote. McCain has missed more Senate votes than any other presidential candidate.
MSNBC’s First Read points out that McCain has missed “a staggering 58 percent” of 110th Congress votes. “McCain has now missed more votes than Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota, who suffered a brain hemorrhage in December 2006 and was unable to return to the Senate until fall of last year. McCain has now missed nine votes more than Johnson.”
,The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster and compel a floor vote on this bill.
The final vote was 56-42. (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid switched his vote for procedural reasons and plans to bring the legislation to the floor again in the future.)