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Spanberger Statement Ahead of Historic Equal Rights Amendment Vote in House Judiciary Committee

Today, the Committee Will Review & Vote on Legislation the Congresswoman Cosponsored to Repeal the ERA Ratification Deadline

Washington, November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of today’s historic U.S. House Judiciary Committee vote on legislation to help ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger released the following statement.

“There is no time limit on equality, and it’s beyond time for women and men to be recognized and protected as equals under the law. Today, we’ll see the House Judiciary Committee vote to make clear that American women deserve equal rights under the U.S. Constitution,” said Spanberger. “I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this resolution to repeal the expiration date on the ratification of the ERA. Especially as we’re seeing growing momentum on this issue back in Virginia, we are now laying the groundwork to hit the federal threshold for the long-overdue ratification. This vote is years in the making—and it’s the result of tireless work from advocates in Virginia and throughout the United States who never stopped fighting for the things that mattered most to them. As a mom, sister, and daughter, I am immensely proud of the House’s progress on this issue and our ongoing push to achieve ratification and equality.”

Currently, the ERA needs only one more U.S. state to ratify the ERA for the amendment to become law. Today, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on a joint resolution that would catalyze the ratification of the ERA in Virginia and across the country. The resolution—introduced by U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA-14)—would repeal the expired deadline for ratification of the ERA. Spanberger is a cosponsor of this resolution.

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