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.