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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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    My goodness, it’s almost as if a bunch of rich white slaveholders in 1776 didn’t write the perfect plan for representing“We the people” in 2020!
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    Don Young you continually vote against anything that might do something good. You’re a worthless-piece of 💩! You are, definitely, going to rot in hell one day! It can’t come soon enough...
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    Get it enacted, way passed due!!!
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    Why not! You women who live in states that have not ratified the ERA, should vote your legislators out of office. Or maybe you just don’t care.
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    I know it's hard for my White male legislators to understand, but it would be nice to be treated like a full citizen with all of the rights and responsibilities that entails. You tax my money like I'm a full citizen.
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    Everyone is created equal, to even question it should be unconstitutional
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    The ERA would guarantee equal pay and rights to women, a very necessary step in a world where women are as active as men. Women certainly deserve the same pay and opportunities as men, to deny them that is prejudicial and harmful. This needs to stop. Women are not second class citizens—we are vital contributors to family income and heads of households. Money and legal rights need to reflect the reality. The ERA should be passed—better 30 years later than never!
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    Women already have equality in America! No need for another cumbersome law!
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    Again an issue that misses the point. This ISN’T about the ERA but about changing the rules of how amendments are passed. It frustrates me to no end that simple concepts keep getting muddied down by being attached to hot button topics. The thing started in 1972, that’s nearly 50 years ago. If you want to bring up the amendment, pass it again through THIS GENERATIONS representatives, don’t just try to piggy back of something older than half the country.
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    Yes. The deadline should be removed. To those who say this bill isn’t necessary because it is already guaranteed in our Constitution...yes, if you ignore items like blacks being considered only 3/5ths of a person and Native Americans not being mentioned regarding rights. Our Constitution doesn’t mean shit anymore thanks to Trump and the Republicans shredding it so this right needs cemented firmly in our Constitution.
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    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.
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    Surprise, surprise.....Katko, Party over Country Republican, votes ‘Nay’! Hopefully, women in his district wake up and help to vote him OUT
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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. As stated by fellow patriot burrkitty.
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    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.
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    It is way past time that equality is codified into our Constitution. The fact that there are opponents, and how strong their opposition is, says plenty about how ingrained misogyny and patriarchy still are, and why it is so important for the amendment to pass. Women constitute slightly more than 50% of our population. Isn't it time we are treated with the same deference given to the slightly less than 50%? Please, as a fellow woman, add your name to the bill AND vote so the amendment can become law.
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    Can’t believe this in the year 2020
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    No, we should not violate the constitution. First, this bill could have women forced into selective service. As a woman, I don't want that! Second, we have rules. It wasn't signed in time. Start over, if it's worth its salt it will gain support enough to be signed this time. And dems will have to deal with getting things signed fairly, not being allowed to stomp their foot and refuse to collaborate with other elected people only to push through their garbage bills anyway even when not signed in time! Enough rule breaking for dems! We also already have equal rights... i work and my husband stays home, total reversal of roles people, and I didn't need this act for that. this act gives special rights not equal rights.
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    How can equal rights have a timeline? There are so many human hurtles for this to cross why add the man made construct of time?
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    Get it done no more special interest groups because we are all equals
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    There is no reason to impose such a deadline. This kind of social change takes many years to occur.
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