WASHINGTON, DC – US Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), today took the House floor to deliver remarks in support of HJ Res. 79, a joint resolution to facilitate timely ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the US Constitution. The joint resolution removes the deadline to ratify the ERA, paving the way forward for passage of this historic amendment and reaffirming the US Congress’ support for women’s equality. HJ Res.79 is cosponsored by 224 bipartisan members of the US House of Representatives. US Sen .Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have introduced a companion joint resolution in the US Senate.
When Congress passed the ERA in 1972, it attached an arbitrary seven-year ratification deadline to the preamble, which was later extended three more years. By 1982, 35 states out of the required 38 states voted to ratify the amendment. In the past three years, grassroots campaigns have successfully secured ratification votes in Nevada, Illinois, and most recently, Virginia.
Jayapal’s statement on the floor today is pasted below as prepared for delivery:
“What a glorious day this is! Today, the House will vote to remove the arbitrary deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. With our vote today, and with Virginia’s historic vote to become the thirty-eighth and final state necessary to ratify the amendment, little girls, their moms, and women across this country will know that yes, our Constitution can and will enshrine a ban on discrimination on the basis of sex. Equality of the sexes is not debatable. It has no expiration date. First proposed almost a century ago and passed by Congress in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment would be a momentous step forward for women – to end unequal pay, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment and exploitation. To women across the country who are watching today, let me just say: ‘We see you and we stand with you’ as we take this step toward equal rights.”
Courtesy of Rep. Pramila Jayapal