REP. LIEU APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO EXPAND WOMEN’S RIGHTS
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed two critical items of legislation to advance and protect the rights of women. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 would revive and expand protections for survivors of sexual assault and violence, particularly those in marginalized communities. H.J. Res 17, which also passed the House today, would remove the arbitrary time limit previously set by Congress for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the United States Constitution. If ratified, the ERA would extend vast legal protections to women and all Americans against pay discrimination, sexual assault, domestic violence, and more.
“Today I was proud to vote for these two crucial items of legislation to protect survivors of sexual assault and violence, and facilitate ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. In a time when domestic violence is at a high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must do more to increase awareness and prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence, and protect those who’ve been impacted. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act is lifesaving legislation that maintains the safety, resources and protections critical to survivors.
“I’m also pleased the House voted to remove the arbitrary deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. There should be no time limit on equality. The absence of the ERA has meant that women can be paid less for their work, violated with impunity and discriminated against simply for being who they are. I’m proud that we voted today to facilitate the ratification of the ERA, which will prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, finally enshrining equality of the sexes within our founding document.”