The Paycheck Fairness Act fell seven votes short of the 60 required to advance in the chamber.
Republicans dismiss the bill as an election year ploy that would invite frivolous lawsuits.
But Democrats cite Census Bureau data indicating women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn.
"Republicans in Congress continue to oppose serious efforts to create jobs, grow the economy, and level the playing field for working families," President Barack Obama, a Democrat, said in a statement.
"That's wrong, and it's harmful for our national efforts to rebuild an economy that gives every American who works hard a fair shot to get ahead."
Maybe this article/reporter isn't telling the whole story, but the way im reading it here is that this is completely ridiculous and a slap in the face for women.
So what is the deal here, cmon?