REP LIEU STATEMENT ON HISTORIC STEP IN ERA RATIFICATION PROCESS
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee held a historic markup of H.J.Res. 79, which would facilitate the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). If ratified, the ERA will enshrine women’s equality in the Constitution by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. H.J.Res. 79, which was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), would remove the arbitrarily short deadline for ratification established when Congress originally passed the ERA in 1972.
“Ratifying the ERA sends a clear message: women deserve and are entitled to equal treatment under the law. We’re on the cusp of having enough states ratify the ERA, which represents a historic step for the women’s equality movement. Support for the ERA transcends political divisions and boils down to one thing: equality. I applaud my colleague Rep. Speier for leading the Congressional effort to move the ERA to the finish line, and am thrilled that this bill has moved out of committee.”
Mr. Lieu, who cosponsors H.J.Res. 79 wrote an op-ed for CNN with Patricia Arquette expressing support for the ERA.