On Wednesday, a Senate filibuster blocked legislation to overturn the Supreme Court holding in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (2007) 550 U.S. __. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama each took time away from the campaign trail to speak in favor of the bill, but John McCain stayed away, expressing satisfaction over the bill's failure.
"I am all in favor of pay equity for women, but this kind of legislation, as is typical of what's being proposed by my friends on the other side of the aisle, opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems. This is government playing a much, much greater role in the business of a private enterprise system."
In other words, he likes the equal pay laws, as long as few people actually get relief from the courts if the law is disregarded. Only six Republican senators supported the bill, which would have passed by a majority vote of 56-42, but could not be put to a vote without the 60 votes needed to end the filibuster. Had the filibuster failed, the White House vowed to veto the bill.