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House Passes Pay Bill

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Members of the U.S. House voted 225-199 Tuesday to pass H.R. 2831, a bill that would give workers an unlimited amount of time to file pay discrimination claims.

The bill was introduced in response to a recent Supreme Court decision that requires workers to file pay discrimination complaints with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission within 180 days.

Supporters of the bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, say workers may need more time to learn about and respond to pay discrimination.

Others, including representatives for the American Benefits Council, Washington, have argued that the bill could force employers to defend themselves against complaints based on allegations that are decades old.

Bush administration officials say they will recommend that President Bush veto the bill if the current version of the bill reaches his desk.