Engel Helps Pass Historic Equal Rights Amendment Measure

Engel Helps Pass Historic Equal Rights Amendment Measure

Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement on the House’s passage of H.J.Res 79, Removing the Deadline for Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA):

“Throughout my Congressional career I have supported efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and today’s vote gets our nation one step closer to this goal. This Constitutional Amendment would give women in the United States a critical tool in a legal arsenal to combat pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual and domestic violence. It would provide a national baseline protection against sex discrimination across the country, and would allow for unprecedented, rigorous judicial review of any laws or policies that violate this new Amendment. By removing this arbitrary ratification deadline, we can pave the way for the ERA's passage.

“As an original cosponsor of H.J.Res 79, I was proud to vote in favor of this measure and help it pass the House. But I am deeply disappointed that the vast majority of the House GOP opposed this measure, as the ERA was once part of the Republican Party’s presidential platform and was supported by both Democrats and Republicans under Presidents Nixon, Carter and Ford.

“Though my GOP colleagues seem to be moving backwards, I take the responsibility of advancing women’s rights seriously. There is still much work to be done, but be assured that House Democrats are steadfast in this fight. I now urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this absolutely necessary piece of legislation.”