On Wednesday, House Republicans voted against an amendment that would protect funding for the collection of data on pay by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC under President Obama created a requirement that made it so private employers with more than 100 workers, as well as federal contractors with more than 50 employees, had to report their staff’s compensation broken down in terms of sex, race, and ethnicity. The move was an attempt to better analyze racial and gender disparities in pay in America, and now that important work might face a huge setback. The vote on Wednesday was especially discouraging, because new Census data has found that the gender pay gap won’t close until 2059, according to Vox.

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