Congresswoman Jacobs Speaks on House Floor in Support of the Equal Rights Amendment, House Vote to Facilitate Ratification
Jacobs: Generations of women and LGBTQ+ Americans lived and died without ever having the equal rights and dignity that they deserve under the law.
Washington, D.C., March 17, 2021 | Will McDonald (202-845-4844)
Today, the House passed H.J. Res. 17, legislation to facilitate the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Congresswoman Sara Jacobs voted in favor of the bill and spoke on the House floor in support of the Equal Rights Amendment and H.J. Res. 17.
Thirty-eight states have now ratified the ERA, the number required by the U.S. Constitution. H.J. Res. 17 removes the arbitrary deadline for states’ ratification first established by Congress in 1972. The Constitution does not set time limits on amendments and previous amendments have also taken decades to be ratified.
Later today, Congresswoman Jacobs will preside over consideration of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act as Speaker Pro Tempore.
The remarks from Congresswoman Jacobs are as follows:
Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.