Republican Filibuster Blocks Pay Equity Bill in the Senate
But the bill’s fast-track introduction by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, had a broader purpose: to build support for changing Senate rules to modify or end the legislative filibuster. Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are the most outspoken Democratic defenders of the filibuster, but other senators who caucus with the party have their misgivings.
Just before the votes were cast, Mr. Schumer declared, “There are real limits to bipartisanship here in the Senate,” adding: “Every Senate Democrat is ready to start debate, but Senate Republicans seem to be mounting another partisan filibuster on this bill. It’s ridiculous.”
The blocking of the pay equity bill was preceded last month by a filibuster of legislation to create a bipartisan commission to examine the roots, causes and consequences of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. This month, Mr. Schumer plans to bring up a far-reaching voting rights and presidential ethics bill. He fully expects that one will also fall to a filibuster.
How persuasive those defeats will be with Mr. Manchin and Ms. Sinema is unclear. In some sense, the message was undermined minutes earlier by the wide bipartisan vote to pass a China competition bill, which Mr. Schumer hailed as “one of the Senate’s most significant bipartisan achievements in recent history.”
So far, Mr. Manchin and Ms. Sinema have not budged.
“The bottom line, there’s a lot more work on the dialogue with Joe Manchin,” said Marc H. Morial, the president of the National Urban League, one of several civil rights leaders who met with the senator on Tuesday to press him on ending the filibuster.