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house Bill H. Joint Res. 79

Should Congress Eliminate the Deadline for Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment?

Argument in favor

It makes no sense for the Equal Rights Act ratification process to start fresh after 37 states have already expressed their approval for it. This is especially true in light of the fact that other Constitutional amendments — most notably the 27th Amendment — have been allowed to pass long after their first proposal. The ERA would provide important protections for women’s rights and equality, and should be ratified as soon as possible, now that Virginia’s state legislature has committed to taking it up in January 2020.

burrkitty's Opinion
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02/11/2020
There’s no constitutional requirement for a deadline, so yes. After all, the 27th was proposed in 1789 and not ratified until 1992. 202 years, 7 months, and 10 days AFTER its proposal. The “deadline” is obviously arbitrary.
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jimK's Opinion
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02/12/2020
Ladies, it appears that this has passed the House in what appears to be mostly, if not totally, by party-line vote. It would thus appear less likely to get through the Senate. Please take note of the dominance of Party Politics on this issue and let it enrage you as much as it does many males who want to see their wive’s, daughter’s and granddaughter’s future protected by this amendment. Make some noise- maybe, hopefully you can get some of those good ol’ boy dinosaurs off of their sanctimonious butts. … … It is disgusting that we are still waiting for a State or two to ratify the ERA (sorry, I don’t remember the number of states off hand). Maybe we should pick a target State and go shame the hell out of them, then on to the next and so forth. Yes extend the deadline, there should be NO time limit for the ratification of the ERA. It is beyond ridiculous that we are still waiting for this.
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Just.Dave's Opinion
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02/11/2020
Absolutely! [Addendum: with a minor rework] True equal rights for all citizens of the United States of America. No divisions, no labels, no focusing on our differences... but what we all have in common.
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Argument opposed

When Congress self-imposes a time limit on the ratification of a constitutional amendment they need to stick to it, even if it means the process has to begin anew because it wasn't ratified on time. The ERA could potentially regain the support it had once the process restarts. More broadly, there could be unwanted unintended consequences of ERA ratification, such as forcing women into the draft, eliminating single-sex bathrooms, or weakening restrictions on abortion.

ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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02/12/2020
This bill to eliminate the deadline for era is not needed. We all have equal constitutional rights. This would give special rights to one group over another. Our founders knew what they were doing when they created the Constitution.
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J's Opinion
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02/11/2020
The ERA will erode our constitution. It was not ratified as required; it now must be discarded. All people have the same equal rights secured under the constitution already. Ratifying such an amendment will set a precedent signifying that people may not already hold their inalienable rights secured by the constitution. It could then be argued that if the constitution is not amended to secure specific rights to people, that they aren’t already owed them. That is a dangerous precedent to set! Don’t be stupid!
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Doug's Opinion
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02/12/2020
Laws are passed under a constitutionally required process. If this exception is made, then Congress will have an excuse to trample on that process even more.
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joint resolution Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed February 13th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 232 Yea / 183 Nay
    IntroducedNovember 8th, 2019

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    There’s no constitutional requirement for a deadline, so yes. After all, the 27th was proposed in 1789 and not ratified until 1992. 202 years, 7 months, and 10 days AFTER its proposal. The “deadline” is obviously arbitrary.
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    This bill to eliminate the deadline for era is not needed. We all have equal constitutional rights. This would give special rights to one group over another. Our founders knew what they were doing when they created the Constitution.
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    Ladies, it appears that this has passed the House in what appears to be mostly, if not totally, by party-line vote. It would thus appear less likely to get through the Senate. Please take note of the dominance of Party Politics on this issue and let it enrage you as much as it does many males who want to see their wive’s, daughter’s and granddaughter’s future protected by this amendment. Make some noise- maybe, hopefully you can get some of those good ol’ boy dinosaurs off of their sanctimonious butts. … … It is disgusting that we are still waiting for a State or two to ratify the ERA (sorry, I don’t remember the number of states off hand). Maybe we should pick a target State and go shame the hell out of them, then on to the next and so forth. Yes extend the deadline, there should be NO time limit for the ratification of the ERA. It is beyond ridiculous that we are still waiting for this.
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    Absolutely! [Addendum: with a minor rework] True equal rights for all citizens of the United States of America. No divisions, no labels, no focusing on our differences... but what we all have in common.
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    The fact that the ERA has sat stagnant almost as long as I’ve been alive is the real crime. It is time to pass this profoundly important amendment. Those lawmakers who refuse to remove the deadline will be removed from office and replaced by those who understand the absolute need for this to pass. The ERAs time is now
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    Let’s get the ERA DONE!!
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    Ratify the ERA now.
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    Thank you Jamie Raskin for voting for this (eliminating the deadline on the ERA amendment)! Agree that, “It makes no sense for the Equal Rights Act ratification process to start fresh after 37 states have already expressed their approval for it. This is especially true in light of the fact that other Constitutional amendments — most notably the 27th Amendment — have been allowed to pass long after their first proposal.” There may be more women in the workforce, and they may be better educated, but they don’t earn as much, occupy as many leadership positions or have as many opportunities. Leads me to wonder why these gaps exist? “Women are 50.8 percent of the U.S. population. They earn more than 57 percent of undergraduate degrees and 59 percent of all master's degrees. They earn 48.5 percent of all law degrees and 47.5 percent of all medical degrees.” “Women will represent only 24 percent of members of Congress: 24 percent of the House and 23 percent of the Senate.” “Women are just 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs—down from a record high of 6 percent in 2017.” “woman working full time earns 80.7 cents for every dollar a man working full time earns. Additionally, women's median annual earnings are $9,909 less than men's, according to data from the US Census Bureau.Aug 26, 2019” https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/reports/2018/11/20/461273/womens-leadership-gap-2/ https://www.businessinsider.com/gender-wage-pay-gap-charts-2017-3
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    It’s past time to pass the ERA. Do it!
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    Yes, considering that women are still discriminated against. Yes, Yes, Yes.
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    The ERA will erode our constitution. It was not ratified as required; it now must be discarded. All people have the same equal rights secured under the constitution already. Ratifying such an amendment will set a precedent signifying that people may not already hold their inalienable rights secured by the constitution. It could then be argued that if the constitution is not amended to secure specific rights to people, that they aren’t already owed them. That is a dangerous precedent to set! Don’t be stupid!
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    Pass the ERA amendment!
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    Yes, it's time to pass this and show that we value women equally. It would take too long to start all over again, and it would be better to extend the deadline so we can move on.
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    The Constitution, is clear about what it takes to ratify an amendment. The ERA has hit that mark. It should be processed and added. Then you should start work in ones to ban corporate money in politics and ban gerrymandering.
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    It is absolutely RIDICULOUS that the states in this country have yet to make men & women EQUAL. That is unacceptable. States - DO YOUR JOB. HAVING A DEADLINE IS ALSO RIDICULOUS. Drop the DEADLINE!!! And STATES, for goodness sakes you look ignorant that you have NOT made men & women EQUAL!!
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    Lmfao - manfromnebraska never took history. He doesn’t understand shit about Jim crow laws, the bill of rights, or the 19th amendment. Dude, the whole reason we HAVE amendments is because the founding fathers DIDN’T get it right. Most of those clever bastards were SLAVE owners. This is literally only the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote. The ignorance I see here is simply grotesque and unamerican. Whatever it takes to get the ERA passed and ratified ASAP is a must-do for our great country to align with the beliefs all Americans hold.
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    Tom M. Please start voting for things that are beneficial to women and girls. You just voted No on a bill for a womens Smithsonian. Don’t you have any daughters, granddaughters, a grandmother or a mother? Getting this amendments date extend so it can finally be passed by 2/3 of the states is long overdue. Please talk with all the communities that are not white men and you may be able to empathize with us.
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    How dare you question this? The 19th Amendment was passed 100 years ago. Seems like a long time? Not very. My grandmother fought for this. In a time when men in power are trying to further subjicate women. The leader of the world bragging about “P#$&$# grabbing “. An admitted misogynist. A Rapist. Why are even discussing this? This alone is terrifying. Any legislators who vote this down are beyond abhorrent.
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    Laws are passed under a constitutionally required process. If this exception is made, then Congress will have an excuse to trample on that process even more.
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    There should be no timelines for equal rights! Let’s pass the ERA!!!
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