First Two Votes on Employment Law Issues for New Congress

The House of Representatives has easily passed two employment law bills directed toward compensation issues. The bills and the votes in the House by party are:

HR 11, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act –
Democratic Yeas 244 Democratic Noes 5
Republican Yeas 3 Republican Noes 166
Total Yeas 247 Total Noes 171

15 Members who did not vote.

HR 12, the Paycheck Fairness Act
Democratic Yeas 246 Democratic Noes 3
Republican Yeas 10 Republican Noes 160
Total Yeas 256 Total Noes 163

14 Members who did not vote.

These were pretty much a foregone conclusion. Although it might be closer in the Senate, I would expect both to pass.

In other Washington news, Secretary of Labor designate Hilda Solis had about a two hour confirmation hearing, with very few tough questions and no tough questions where answers were demanded. No question that she will be confirmed.

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