Washington, D.C. -
Senate republicans have blocked a democratic bill that would have made it easier to find out what pay range their co-workers are receiving and to help reduce the pay difference between women and men in the workplace.
The vote fell short of the 60 needed to allow the legislation to move forward in the senate for full debate and a final vote.
President Obama has said he strongly supports this bill and Mitt Romney's campaign has only said he supports pay equality, but Romney himself has not come out either way on the subject.
Democrats advanced the bill hoping to show they are working for creating an equal workplace and wooing in female voters while republicans said the bill would place too much of a burden on employers.