The Paycheck Fairness Act, which proponents say would strengthen women's ability to get equal pay in the workplace, failed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Just like yesterday's vote, Missouri's senators are sharply split along party lines.
Missouri's Republican senator Roy Bunt says the bill doesn't have much to do with "fair pay" and a whole lot to do with litigation.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill paid severalÂ hundred dollars of interest and penalties for late property taxesÂ on a Washington, D.C., condominium.
The Kansas City Star reported that theÂ Missouri Democrat paid $197 in penalties and interest after missingÂ the fall 2011 tax deadline by about three weeks. The newspaperÂ reported that she paid $198 in penalties and interest after she was late on her spring 2010 property tax payment.
McCaskill said the District of Columbia bills people twice aÂ year, and the bill "slipped through the cracks."
Missouriâ€™s Republican Senator says heâ€™ll continue his opposition to a plan put forth by Democrats to extend federal subsidies for student loans for another year.
Roy Blunt says an alternative plan would accomplish the same goal, without raising the deficit.Â Blunt says he supports freezing student loan interest rates where they are now, at 3.4 percent, but says he would pay for the subsidy by taking the money from part of the Presidentâ€™s 2010 healthcare overhaulâ€” which he claims is partially funded by interest payments from student loans.