On February 13th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass HJ Res 79, the bill to remove the time limit from the 1972 ERA, with bipartisan support. The ERA Coalition, the national organization representing more than 100 organizations, leaders across the country, allied organizations and millions of women and men, now calls on the U.S. Senate to vote to pass its companion bill, SJ Res 6, without delay.
In January 2020, Virginia voted to become the 38th state to ratify the ERA. With that ratification, the ERA has now satisfied all the requirements set forth in the Constitution. But the Department of Justice has taken the position that the ERA is not valid today, because of a seven-year time limit that Congress inserted in the joint resolution when it proposed the ERA back in 1972. That position is now the subject of federal litigation. In the meantime, though, Congress could resolve the question by voting to change the joint resolution, removing the time limit altogether.
SJ Res 6, introduced by bipartisan co-lead sponsors Senator Ben Cardin (MD) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK), currently has 49 co-sponsors. We believe if brought to the floor the bill would pass, bringing us one step closer to seeing equality become reality in this country. The leadership of the Senate has vowed not to allow a vote, but we won’t take no for an answer.
Join the ERA Coalition in urging the U.S. Senate to pass SJ Res 6 to remove the time limit from the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)!
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