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come on c-span, the u.s. house debating removing the deadline for the equal rights amendment. coveragempaign 2020 continues, with senator elizabeth warren campaigning in arlington, virginia. congress approved the urs amendment to the constitution in 1972. eera would guarantee full rights for all american citizens, regardless of gender and without legal distinctions in matters of divorce, employment, property and other matters. thursday, the house passed a resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the equal rights amendment. we measure now goes to the senate. speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: the recognized.s mr. nadler: madam speaker, this is long overdue resolution to ensure the equal rights amendment can finally become the 28th amendment to the united states constitution. this year we will celebrate the 00th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
despite the century that's apsed, our constitution still does not recognize the guarantee protection of the law for women and gender minorities but h.j.res. 79 would bring us step closer. it removes the previous deadline congress set for ratifying the and ensure recent ratifications by nevada, givenis, and virginia are full effect. basic and offers a fundamental guarantee, equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the or by any state on the account of sex. that's it. very simple. years since it was passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in the house and enate, we have made great strides to secure that equality, including through existing case aw decided under the 14th amendment. the e.r.a. would enshrine those rinciples and take the final critical step of ensuring that
laws disadvantaging women and are subject toes the most rigorous form of constitutional scrutiny. we have seen a series of breakthroughs for women's rights and gender equality. we've seen women march in support of their rights and dignity as equal citizens. through the me too movement we have had painful conversations about the violence and that women and gender minorities experience, whether in the workplace, at home, or in frt.ls and universities we have seen -- universities. we have seen women get elected numbers.ss in record virginia became the necessary 38th and last necessary state to ratify the equal rights amendment. making n the brink of history, and no deadline should stand in the way. the constitution itself places for adlines on the process ratifying constitutional amendments. making it doubtful whether to ress had the authority impose such a deadline in the first place. ut if it had such authority, then congress clearly also has
the authority to remove any it previously chose to set. i want to thank representative ackie speier for introducing this resolution which takes that important step. this resolution will ensure at that the equal rights amendment, having been proposed years ago, having been ratified by 3/4 of the rightful n take its place in our nation's constitution. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. 3/4 of the states failed to ratify the equal rights by 1979 deadline set by congress. yet, house democrats are trying retroactively revive the failed congress. the right esn't have to do it. it did not pass. it did not get approved. go there is an end run to around that. the united states supreme court recognized this in 1982 when it stated the issue was moot the deadline for the e.r.a. ratification expired requisite number of states approved it.
the leadership in the united states house of representatives entire process of e.r.a. approval over again. hat new e.r.a. failed to cquire the 3/4 on november 15, 1983. today in defiance of the reality relevant participants in the original debate, the to convince nt their base if both houses of congress pass this joint signed into d is e.r.a. 1972 -- the 1972 will control. current supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg, and she's taking a lot of heat for e.r.a. supporter of the since its beginning, has said a ew months ago, i hope someday we will start all over again on e.r.a., collecting the necessary states to ratify it. monday, justice ginsburg said the e.r.a., i would like to see a new beginning, i'd like to see over.rt
there's too much controversial long newcombers, virginia, before it passed. how do you disregard states that said we change our minds? congress does not have the to titutional authority retroactively revive the failed constitutional amendment and 50 d be subject to all states to what may be the current political trends in one state. supreme court has already recognized that. the house of representatives recognized that. recognized burg that. the current democratic eadership is intent on rewriting history. i will show and our speakers will show what the real intent about this is and it has nothing rights.th equal it has a lot to do with other issues that will be exposed today. reserve. i the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. r. nadler: i now yield three minutes to the distinguished lady -- the gentlelady from california, the chief sponsor of bill, representative speier. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for three minutes. madam ier: thank you, speaker.
i thank the chairman for his extraordinary leadership on this issue. simple, members. women want to be equal and we constitution. i am equal on this house floor colleagues, y male but when i walk out, i have fewer rights and protections them. i rise today because the women f america are done being second-class citizens. we are done being paid less for our work. one being violated with impunity. done being discriminated against pregnancies. done being discriminated against simply because we are women. the e.r.a. is about equality. the e.r.a. is about sisterhood, survival, dignity and respect. the world recognizes this. 193 countries in the united nations, 165 have put in their of language constitutions. but not the united states of america. march to the me too movement to the pink wave,
the outrage we've seen among we have been se isrespected, devaled, and diminished -- devalued and diminished in our society and we are fed up. wonder recent votes to ratify the e.r.a. came in 2017, 2020, because we want the e.r.a. now. we've waited for almost a for the e.r.a. i want to thank my republican co-sponsors, including reed, fitzpatrick, van drew. i know most of you recognize you is the right thing for to do for your wives, daughters, granddaughters. 94% of americans already support e.r.a. in fact, they're surprised it's not already in the constitution. say, just of you will restart the process. but you're the same people that it.it you won't vote for some will say, women already have equality while they vote re-authorization, vote against paycheck fairness, 9.p away title
for too long, women have relied quilt of lives and precedent. we have been forced to take our cases all the way to the supreme often there we lose. for my colleagues who think we already have women's equality, to christy who was raped by two football players at virginia tech. she sought justice under the violence against women act, but the supreme court struck down suit provisions claiming congress lacked the authority to pass it. ledbetter who had to to known anonymous note she was paid less at goodyear. paid less for was her work at wal-mart. eggy young, who was placed on unpaid leave, losing her health insurance while pregnant at u.p.s. all the while men were granted the exact accommodation that she was denied. e.r.a. is about building the america we want. t's about forming a more
perfect union, because simply ut, there can be no expiration date on equality. i urge my colleagues to affirm women's port for equality and vote for this resolution. back.d the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. you, madam : thank speaker. at this time i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from mrs. lesko. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. mrs. lesko: thank you, madam speaker. i am a woman so i obviously care and support equal rights for oppose this bill for three reasons. irst, the bill is not constitutional. when the e.r.a. originaled assed -- originally passed congress, explicitly set a deadline for ratification. 1979, almostwas in 41 years ago. 35 states of the 38 needed had ratified it. unratified.ates
so the count's down to 30. equal rights amendment was dead. u.s. department of justice issued a legal opinion just last e.r.a.'s erating that ratification timeline is expired. justice ruth deadline aid, the passed. i would like to see a new beginning. over.ke it to start secondly, the e.r.a. amendment is not necessary. women's equality of rights under the law is already recognized in in the fifth on and 14th amendment. directors women rights wrote, it has been clearly understood that the 14th prohibits discrimination based on sex. federal, state, and ocal laws already prohibit sex
discrimination. third reason i oppose this bill, e.r.a. would bee sed by pro-abortion groups to undo pro-life legislation and ead to taxpayer funded abortions. don't take my word for it. let's look at pro-abortion roups have done and what they say. in 1998, the new mexico supreme court ruled unanimously that the state's e.r.a. required the abortions.nd pro-choice america, which supports abortions, asserted hat the e.r.a. would reinforce the constitutional right to abortion and would require udges to strike down anti-abortion laws. in a 2019 letter to house committee, the aclu stated the equal rights amendment could provide an of protection r against restrictions on abortion. n conclusion, this bill is unconstitutional. the e.r.a. is unnecessary. since constitutional, federal,
state, and local laws already protections, and the e.r.a., if ratified, would e used by pro-abortion groups to undo pro-life laws. madam speaker, i yield back. mr. collins: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. nadler: again, the deadline amendment.rt of the there was a resolution by congress. if congress can set a deadline, can remove a deadline. i recognize the distinguished ajority leader of the house, representative hoyer, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous extend. to revise and the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hoyer: madam speaker, irst, let me thank representative speier, representative maloney, and all hose who have been such warriors on this issue for such a long period of time. the faith.eping constitutional amendment was proposed in -- and passed in
1972. to be specifically, in the early part of 1972. member of the maryland state senate in 1972. honor of shortly after 1972, juste spring of months after the e.r.a. had been ratify of voting to that. now, the previous speaker said, states -- that's 70% of in a ates ratified that timely fashion. imely in the sense we set in a resolution, as the chairman date.d out, a 70% of the states of this nation. . it need ed three more states. it has now received three more states. so i have been an advocate for the equal rights amendment for essentially four decades.
actually longer. i will be proud to vote for it today. just a few months as i said after congress adopted the e.r.a., maryland voted for ratification. i thought that it was long overdue even then in 1972. ere we are some 48 years later and it still is. ur founders declared all men are created equal in their declaration of independence. surely no founder, if they were writing that document today, would have said men, when men meant white, property owning men, surely they would not have
written that. surely none of us would have supported that. since the very beginning americans have been taking steps, therefore, to define that in a more expansive, inclusive term representing our universal values. we amended the constitution to ensure african-americans and women could not be denied the right to vote. took a long time. particularly i hope the women in this body will think of the suffragettes who were extraordinarily active and involved in our community and making decisions in our families and in our communities and country, but who could not ote prior to 1919. 789 to 1919, women could not vote. i'm the father of three daughters. the grandfather of two granddaughters. and the great grandfather of three great granddaughters.
for me to go home to them onight and say i voted against .our being equal in america my wife passed away, if i wept home to her tonight and said i voted against your being equal in america. or those grandchildren and great grandchildren who happen to have been born as women and say to them, i voted against your being equal in america. we passed the civil rights act to make clear that all must be treated equal regardless of race. we passed the a.d.a. which i co-sponsored 30 years ago to ban discrimination against those with disabilities. but still nowhere in our constitution does it state clearly that women must be treated equally and that one
must not be subject to discrimination because of their ender. the e.r.a. would ensure that basic tenet of our democracy in our constitution at long last. 70% of the states and then three more said that ought to be our constitution. 3/4 of the states have voted to ratify this amendment. discrimination against women has through our history kept bright and talented americans from achieving their full potential in our economy. because of their hard work, the sacrifices, the leadership, and perseverance of trailblazing women we have seen barriers come down. doors of opportunity open, and glass ceilings shatter. but discrimination, inequality, and injustice persist, and we will hear arguments on this floor rationalizing why
discrimination ought to still exist. and as long as our constitution does not explicitly ban discrimination based upon gender, as it does based on race, we will continue to see forms of legal discrimination against women linger in our country. taking this step to add the equal rights amendment to the constitution is one of the many that house democrats are taking to combat discrimination against women. simply because they are women. last year we passed the paycheck fairness act. not everybody voted for that. with you in my opinion everybody voted for that who thought equal pay should mean equal pay irrespective of gender and based upon work performed. that built on the lily ledbetter fair pay act of 2009 to ensure equal pay for equal work. we also passed a
re-authorization of the violence against women act. most of us on our side voted for that. but there was a rationalization why some thought, no, we will not protect women against violence. we have continued working to protect women's rights to make their own health care choices and to access quality, affordable care. who said that was part of the constitution? the supreme court of the united states. they said that was a constitutional right. and we see effort after effort after effort to erode that constitutional right. i'm proud that the democratic caucus in the 116th congress is not only the most diverse in american history but also includes the greatest number of women. in virginia it was an election that saw the house of delegates reach 30% women. and the state senate reached 28%.
and once it got there, the women of virginia stood up and said, this ought to be in the constitution of the united states and they voted to do so. virginia now has a woman as speaker of the house as we do in our u.s. house, and as my home state of maryland has in our house of delegates. it is because more women are stepping up to run for office and winning election that more women's voices are being heard in our democracy. that is why this resolution is on the floor. that's a wonderful thing and i have been proud to help recruit talented women to run for the house as democrats and very frankly, we need more women as republicans. a diminishing group, i might add. i urge my colleagues, men and women, democrats and republicans, to join in supporting this resolution and finally, is it too late? it is too late, but it is never too late to do the right thing. make this part of our constitution. stand up and say yes, women
should be included as all humankind who are endowed by their creator with certain unalien able rights. that is the principle -- unalienable rights. that is the principle we are articulating tate. alice paul for most of her life was once asked why she kept all her focus on getting the job done, she said this, quote, when you put your hand to the plow you can't put it down till you get to the end of the row. we are not at the end of the row. but this is a way upon that row to make it complete, to make our constitution protect all people. male or female, black or white, all people. at long last let's hold firm to that plow. let's get the job done. vote yes on this resolution.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: at this time i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. hartzler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized for three minutes. mrs. hartzler: thank you. i rise today to commend the women who have gone before us to celebrate the achievements that women have made and to reaffirm the fact that we are equal in the eyes of god and in law. women make up 51% of the pop pew, depries over half of the college students, make up most of today's medical and law school students, and own the majority of new businesses. women are not victims in need of validation. little girls can be whatever they want to be whether that be a astronaut, doctor, full-time mom working at home, or a member of congress. in addition, federal law and court precedent uphold our rights. that is something to applaud and i do. however, today's legislation is
problematic on several fronts. first, the resolution is unconstitutional. the time limit to pass the e.r.a. expired decades ago. congress can't go back and remove a deadline from a previous constitutional amendment initiative. the supreme court has recognized the 1972 e.r.a. expired and the department of justice issued a ruling saying, congress may not revive a proposed amendment after a deadline for its ratification has expired. pretending that we can remove the time limits for passage is both footal -- futile and deceptive. secondly, if the time limit could be extended, the e.r.a. would not bring women anymore rights than they currently have right now. but it would entrench the legality of abortion. we know this from court precedent by listening to those who have the most to gain from actually protecting abortion on demand. in 1998, the new mexico supreme
court ruled that the equal rights amendment in their state constitution requires state funding of abortions. federal courts are likely to do the same. perhaps that's why every pro abortion organization is endorsing passage of the e.r.a. naral pro-choice america says with the ratification the e.r.a. would reinforce the constitutional right to abortion. national organization for women says an e.r.a. properly interpreted could negate the hundreds of laws that have passed restricting access to abortion. but that's not the only concern with passing this resolution. besides being unconstitutional and shredding state and federal pro-life protections, the e.r.a. would also erase decades of progress which have provided opportunities for women, advance women's progress through federal programs, and secure necessary protections for women and girls. how? by incorporating gender identity in the definition of
sex jeopardizing private spaces for women, girls, sports programs, and women's educational institutions. the e.r.a. endangers laws, programs, and funding designed to benefit women. providing a pathway for legal challenges to welfare programs, grants for battered women's shelters, efforts to bolster women, participate in stem programs, as well as state laws governing child support, alimony and custody. these outcomes are anything but pro-women. i urge my colleagues to vote no. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. cohen: thank you, mr. chairman. rise in strong support of h.res. 79 which takes a step-to-sure the equal rights amendment will become part of our constitution. nearly 100 years after women gained right to vote it's difficult to believe we still haven't given women equal rights. it's hard to believe it's a
serious disagreement in this chamber. in the year 2020 it's unacceptable that women still make 80 cents for every dollar by men and women still subject to violence, harassment, and attacks on freedom to control their own bodies. in the judiciary committee committee this morning a billian female law clerk is describing a has rassment by a respected ninth circuit judge. ongoing efforts to undermine the progress we have made the equal rights amendment is more important than ever. it took over 130 years to give him the right to vote. teams time to give women their proper place in the constitution of the united states which most modern constitution have, equality regardless of sex. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from indiana, mrs. walorski. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from indiana is recognized for two minutes. mrs. walorski: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in opposition to h.j.res. 79 and of course i believe in equal rights.
women should never face discrimination and harassment. i believe we should be empowering women and girls to achieve their dreams. so it's disappointing today to stand in this chamber and see this important issue turned into some type of political stunt. the deadline for states to ratify the e.r.a. passed nearly four decades ago. even justice ruth bader ginsberg has stated the only path forward is to start over. so let's be honest. this is not about equality. or women's rights. this is about enshrining unrestricted abortion in the constitution and allowing full taxpayer funding for abortion. now is not the time to be weakening pro-life protections. yesterday in south bend, indiana, in my district the remains of 2,411 victims abortion were finally given a dignified burial. after spending 20 years in
moldy, styrofoam boxes in the back of a doctor, abortionist himself, in the back of his car and basement. these unborn boys and girls would be young men and women today entering college. moments ago we stood on this house floor together and we offered a moment of silence that these innocent lives were victims. they were i would ask together we stand again to defend the rights of the most vulnerable among us. that we stand together today for the sanctity of life, to lift women up, to protect women. and to strengthen families. . i urge my colleagues to vote against this misguided resolution. back.d the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is
recognized. loridaed ndaa -- mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield the distinguished gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized for one minute. mr. cicilline: madam speaker, the 38th nia becoming state to ratify the equal rights amendment, today we make it lear that congress never intended the arbitrary deadline to act as a barrier to atification of this vital amendment. ratification of the equal rights amendment affirms our nation's expressedcodifying an prehi bigs of -- prohibition of in our rimination nation's founding documents. have states say that women the equal rights, we need to guarantee regardless of sex, all same.ans are treated the every aspect of their lives including obtaining health care, public services. ideology.e swayed by equality is a founding value of this great country and more than other word describes the very idea of america. a vote for house resolution 79
for equality. i urge my colleagues to support back. 79, and i yield the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. collins: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the mr. eman from wisconsin, sensenbrenner. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for two minutes. mr. sensenbrenner: madam speaker, i rise in opposition to this resolution. listening to people on the other side say that there is a cornucopia of benefits awaiting should the e.r.a. become a part of the constitution, i'm ere to ask members on both sides of the aisle to look past what looks nice on a bumper a 42-second sound bite to realize there will be will hurtquences that women should this be ratified. i'll just talk about insurance, insurance is regulated by the states. lower et substantially rates on auto insurance because they're better drivers.
the state r.a. and regulation, that would become unconstitutional and girls are have to pay boy driver rates for auto insurance, which does not reflect the ctuarial exposure of that at all. secondly, look at life insurance. women live longer than men. and as a result, in life insurance, also regulated by the women's rates be lower than men's rates becoming are stitutional and women going to be paying more to life insurance companies for the desire. that they i can go on and on and on. we had a lot of hearings on this in 1973. i'm here to say when the e.r.a. passed in 1972, were not ghts enshrined in a lot of state laws. has been tremendous progress in this area, both at the federal level and in states.
the proponents of this resolution completely ignore happening. we don't. we think that the statutory protections that have been around the country in the last almost 50 years have dvanced women and have addressed a lot of the complaints that we hear from that side of the aisle. going to unleash pandora's box of lots of raisedion that have been by this. some of which have been brought up by my colleagues on this side. let's not enrich the lawyers. let's do the right thing. pass this resolution and enforce the laws that have been here and the state capitals. -- capitols. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute distinguished gentlelady lee.texas, ms. jackson the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i thank all
women of america. thank the sponsor of this bill. i thank the chair of the judiciary committee and the ranking member for being on the thank him. i ask the question -- does anybody see the sense of women powerful in the most document of laws and power of the american people? of the words nded of abigail adams. i long to hear that you have independency, and by the way, in the new code of laws, which she sang to her i suppose it will be necessary for you to make a i would desire you to emember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. unlimited power in the hands of husbands. enthusiastically to support h.j.res. 79 and to say is no olleagues, there constitutional prohibition for passing this. involved, because this is the 1972 passage by the
tate of texas of the equal rights amendment and here, 1977, houston at lla in he 1977 national women's conference. 79 because h.j.res. abigail adams said, let's remember the ladies. i yield back. tempore: the o gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. the ld three minutes to gentlewoman from texas, ms. granger. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for three minutes. speaker, we madam heard my democratic colleagues aying that passing the environmental protection agency is -- passing the equal rights amendment is necessary to secure basic rights under the law for women. not only is it untrue, it fact, s a fundamental this denies the most basic human life. the right to this e.r.a. uses gender equality to create an en unlimited constitutional right to abortion. instead of working to craft
protects n that women's rights without trampling on the right to life, democrats forward today an unconstitutional partisan measure. only would this result in an across all ortions 50 states, but also clear the ay to provide taxpayer funded abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, costing year.ns of dollars every above asure is not about -- measure is not about advancing women's rights. alike cans and democrats are increasingly horrified by the practice of late-term and by recent comments made in new york and virginia shouldfesaving treatment be denied to some newborns. their g women to discard unborn children at the taxpayer xpense is not ensuring gender equality. it is not protecting women. empowering women.
it is not providing women equal work.r equal it's simply another step down devaluing all human life and dignity. i oppose this amendment and urge thislleagues to vote no on measure, and i yield back. mr. collins: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. is gentleman from new york recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the from guished gentlelady texas, ms. garcia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for one minute. garcia: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, chairman nadler. in texas, many years ago, i in support of the equal rights amendment. oday, i join my colleagues to reaffirm that support. women are behind some of this greatest achievements. we fought for civil rights, sent to space, and then went there ourselves. in ave forged our path history. yet, we're still not equal to
the eyes of the law. we must remove this stain from constitution. today, we're voting to remove an arbitrary deadline so we can gender prohibit discrimination under the constitution. favor of udly vote in the resolution and urge all my same.gues to do the and as many in my district would es hora. the e.r.a.o approve thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. he gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from west virginia, miller. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from west virginia is recognized for three minutes. mrs. miller: madam speaker, i house jointo oppose resolution 79. is ains me to say that life under attack in our nation. he pro-abortion discussions taking place around this country are sickening. n the last year we heard a
infanticide.mote and we still haven't had a vote united floor, in the states house of representatives, to protect babies that survive abortion. in committee, i even introduced legislation that who survivet babies abortion. it failed along party lines once again. we have millions of american families who would love to adopt. discuss that. i know women who have cried every month when they realize they had not conceived the baby they so desperately wanted. and women who have undergone multiple tests and conceive a ust to child. they would gladly adopt a baby else didn't want. instead, today, we are voting another piece of legislation that would protections educe
for life. this bill would create the basis funded abortion at the federal level, and it would allow abortion until birth for any reason throughout the nation. it would force government-funded health care providers and hospitals to provide abortions. that.nnot have we cannot bring abortion into health care in that debate not health care. abortion is murder. if we want to discuss protecting for all americans, it eeds to pertain to everyone, including and especially newborns. and while i always welcome a colleagues with my about how we can advance women's rights and the rights of all this is not the way to do it. t is not through thinly veiled messaging bills with nice names but radical policies. good, pro-woman, pro-family, pro-american
egislation through bipartisan solutions. so if we're going to do it, et's do it, but today, sadly, we won't and that is so disappointing. i yield back my time. mr. collins: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now minute to the distinguished gentleman from colorado, mr. neguse. the speaker pro tempore: the is leman from colorado recognized for one minute. mr. neguse: thank you, madam speaker. today in strong support of the equal rights amendment and the resolution before us. together s body comes unabashed in our conviction for a future that expands the vision founders.by our together, we strive for a nation that advances the notion of that takes up the mantle of the unfinished works that's the american dream and the practice of government by the people, for all the people. my daughter, natalie, is just and a half old, and i look forward to telling her one day about today, how the house, led by the
chamber's first female speaker, oted tone sure that the women of her generation will be the first to grow up knowing that he constitution truly guarantees equal rights. it feels fitting to close by shirley chisholm, the first black female member lected to this body and the youngest until my good friend, lauren underwood, took office who said when congress sent the e.r.a. to the states for ratification, the ime is clearly now to put this house on record for the fullest expectation of that equality of our founding hich fathers professed. complete oo late to the work they left undone. i support the resolution and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized for three minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i thank my colleague from georgia for yielding time. speaker, i rise in strong opposition to h.j.res. 79.
woman who has worked all her life, often in professions, i detest discrimination in any against any group, and i've done -- always done all that i eliminate it. furthermore, i welcome any iscussion on how to root out discrimination against women where it exists. but do not be deceived. this is not what this legislation is about. he 14th amendment to the u.s. constitution already provides women and all americans equal under the law. but the goal of this legislation is different. is to expand access to abortion up to birth nd to overturn the broadly supported policies that protect taxpayers from being forced to abortions. as we know all too well, roe v. broadly legalized abortion in the united states, but the equal rights amendment
this resolution tries to ratify goes much further. consensus that the e.r.a. could be used to overturn abortionlaws, legalize up to birth, and mandate taxpayer-funded abortions. expanded -- the expansion of abortion is not the only harmful impact of the e.r.a. have a harmful impact on shelters that protect women eliminate ce, women-specific workplace protections, and destroy women sports. furthermore, were this resolution ever to become law, the supreme court would that it does le not ratify the equal rights amendment. knows, yone in this room when congress initially passed the equal rights amendment, it a entionally included seven-year deadline for the required 38 states to ratify it. which is long since passed. multiple states have also ratification.r as such, supreme court precedent
equires that any attempt to ratify the e.r.a. must start at the beginning. -- even justice ruth bader ginsburg was recently quoted saying she would like the process to start over. . to be clerl with this resolution the democrats are attempting to write into the constitution the right to an abortion in all three try midwesters, force taxpayers to pay for them, and eliminate all conscience protections for medical providers who wish to abstain from abortion. this resolution is not about protecting women. it's a partisan messaging bill designed to appease radical pro-abortion groups. if the majority were serious about the equal rights amendment, it would start the process anew and give all states the option to consider the e.r.a. again. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i would remind everyone that the equal rights amendment simultaneous pli says
the quality of rights under the law shall not be denied on account of sex. if people on the other side want to admit that equality of rights under the law means there must be a constitutional right to abortion, that's wonderful. of course the constitution right to abortion is already established under current law. i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from washington, representative jayapal. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from washington is recognized for one minute. ms. jayapal: thank you, madam speaker. what a glorious day this is. today the house of representatives will vote to remove the arbitrary deadline to ratify the equal rights amendment. and with our vote today, and with virginia's historic vote to become the 38th and final state necessary to ratify the amendment, little girls, their moms, and women across this great nation will know that, yes, our constitution can, will, and must enshrine a ban on discrimination on the basis
of sex. equality of sexes is not debateable. it has no expiration date. first proposed almost a century ago and passed by congress in 1972, the equal rights amendment would be a momentous step forward for women to end unequal pay, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment and exploitation. so today, to women across this country who are watching, let me say, and i say this as the first south asian american woman ever elected to the house of representatives, we see you, we stand with you, and we will fight for you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia reserves. mr. collins: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from georgia, representative
mcmcbath. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman georgia is recognized for one minute. thank you. i thank the gentleman for yielding. women have been fighting tooth and nail for decades to be recognized as equal under the eyes of the law. while we made significant gains, it is time for full constitutional equality. 1986, francis ellen watkins harper, a free born black woman, addressed the national women's rights convention in new york city. she said, i quote, justice is not fulfilled so long as a woman is unequal before the law. we are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity. society cannot afford to negligent the enlightenment of any class of its members. these words still hold true today. for our mothers, for our
daughters, and for our future leaders, we must take up the mantle of the women who came before us and pass this amendment for a more just future. thank you. i yield back the balance of my ime. mr. collins: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the distinguished speaker of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute. the speaker: thank you very much, madam speaker. i'm so pleased that the gentlewoman from virginia is in the chair and grateful to her for her leadership and our other colleagues, elaine laura and abigail spanberger, as new members of congress who gave us the opportunity as the majority to bring this important legislation to the floor and thank them for virginia's leadership. it's so appropriate that
congresswoman is in the chair for this because she was a leader in the state legislature on equal rights amendment when she served there. this is an historic day. a happy day. as the house takes action to move our nation closer to the founding -- our founding ideal that all are created equal. i salute congresswoman jackie speier for her leadership on this resolution and her lifetime of work to advance equality in america. she quoted the late supreme court justice antonin scalia when she said, i think it bears repetition, certainly justice scalia said, certainly the constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex, the only issue is whether it prohibits it. it does not. end of quote. it does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. the lack of an e.r.a. has allowed the supreme court justice to have this
interpretation. here it is, we say it over and over again, equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on account of sex. how can you have a problem with that? how can you have a problem with that? let me also salute chairwoman carolyn maloney long time sponsor of the equal rights amendment in the house for her great leadership, and to you, chairman nadler, the members of the judiciary committee, and all the members who came to congress, committed to finishing this fight for the equal rights amendment. i also want to acknowledge that yesterday at our press presentation on this in the audience was a republican from illinois who was responsible for illinois passing the equal rights amendment, steven
anderson, he was with us at the capitol. we commend him for being a leader on the e.r.a. passing it through the illinois statehouse. what an honor and how clear that this is not partisan. perhaps only in the house of representatives. but not in the rest of the country. let us acknowledge the millions of women in nevada, illinois, virginia, and across america who have raised a drumbeat for ratification and reignited a nationwide movement for equality. nearly -- nearly 100 years ago allies paul -- alice paul, a republican, introduced the equal rights amendment, the first proposed amendment to the constitution calling for women's equality in america. 50 years ago soon after becoming the first african-american woman to serve in the congress, congresswoman shirley chisholm stood on this house floor calling it, quote,
one of the most clear-cut opportunities we are likely to have to declare our faith and the principle that is shape our constitution. end of quote. but today and this year that marks the centennial of women having the right to vote, it is shameful reality that the equal rights amendment still has not been enshrined in the constitution. as a result millions of american women still face inequality under the law and injustice in their careers and lives. without full equality under the constitution, women face a devastating wage gap and this has an impact not only on the families, what families earn today, but women's pension and retirement in the future. this is wrong. women are facing discrimination as they raise families, 62% of pregnant women and new moms are in the work force, but current law allows pregnant workers to be placed on unpaid leave or forced out of their jobs.
sexual harassment assault too often go unchecked. all leading to women's underrepresentation at the decisionmaking table. today we know what the statistics, 33 c.e.o.'s of the fortune 500 companies are women. really? today by passing this resolution the house is paving the way to enshrining equal rights amendment in the constitution. achieve justice for women and progress for families, for our children, lowering wage disparity, increasing paychecks so moms can pay for their family's needs such as rent, groceries, childcare, health care. and strengthen america. it's not just about women. it's about america. the e.r.a. will strengthen america, unleashing the full power of women in our economy and upholding the value of equality in our democracy. i have four daughters, one son. two granddaughters.
i can't even imagine how anyone could think of his or her daughter not having equality. . s or her sister, mom, wife not having equality. what is that about? what is that about? women should not have the same status of equality as men. this has nothing to do with abortion issue. that's an excuse. it's not a reason. it has everything to do with the respect for women, your daughter, your sister, your wife, your mother. and you're saying by voting against this that your daughter, your sister, your mother, your spouse should not have equal protection under the law in the constitution of the
united states. to those who say the e.r.a. is not necessary, let me quote from a recent statement from the american association of university women. it states, many americans mistakenly believe that the u.s. constitution explicitly guarantees equality between men and women. perhaps you think that. the equal rights amendment would once and for all guarantee constitutional equality between men and women. its ratification would provide the constitutional guarantee that all men and women are truly equal under the law. i urge a strong bipartisan vote for this resolution. it would be bipartisan in the united states senate when we accepted it over there shortly. and so to ensure that women are truly equal under the law in america. because we know in america when women succeed, america succeeds. i urge a yes vote and yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. can i request the time for both sides. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 11 minutes remaining. and the gentleman from new york has 15. mr. collins: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from pennsylvania, ms. dean. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. ms. dean: thank you, chairman nadler, for bringing this resolution to a vote and thank you to representatives speier and maloney for your work on this legislation. this is an historic day. it has been nearly a century since the first constitutional amendment to guarantee equal treatment for women was introduced in 1923. since then 37 states have ratified the equal rights amendment, including my home state of pennsylvania in 1972.
virginia's ratification of the e.r.a. this past january brought us one step closer to this basic right that we will be held equal in the eyes of the constitution. the motto of susan b. anthony's newspaper was, quote, men their rights, and nothing more. women their rights and nothing less. and today we again say that women will accept nothing less than equality. e.r.a. builds on the work of anthony and others like rankin, alice paul, ida b. wells, and this diverse congress. i have to tell you i am filled with joy today because i'm looking forward going home and telling my granddaughters that we are one step closer to a more perfect union. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from new york,
representative maloney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized for one minute. mrs. maloney: thank you, chairman nadler and jackie speier for your historic leadership on the e.r.a. madam speaker, first introduced in 1923 the equal rights amendment is still as relevant and necessary as ever. because we know that equality for women will always elude us when it isn't etched into our constitution. we have seen it when the supreme court gutted the violence against women act. we have seen it when judges don't enforce equal pay for equal work. or when a federal judge ruled that congress didn't have the authority to outlaw female genital mutilation. but if your rights are in the constitution, they can't be rolled back by changing whims of legislators, judges, or presidents. . we will persist until it is firmly guaranteed.
here is no deadline for equality. we demand it be spelled out in the constitution and we spell it e.r.a. i ask you to support this important vote for equality. i yield back. reserve.ns: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. speaker, i nowdam yield one minute to the istinguished gentlelady from michigan, representative lawrence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is minute.zed for one mrs. lawrence: madam speaker, i 79, in support of h.j.res. which removes the deadline for equal ification of the rights amendment. a woman's rights must be guaranteed by our government. about the members of congress ensuring that the ights and equality for women are part of our constitution.
losesad to watch those who their way because they'll find any way to distract the issue of equality. the members on the other side are trying to interject abortion into this. i want to say that even though women, a me so far as record number of women, lawmakers here in this house, we so far to go, and this corrects that injustice and equality for women under the law. as the great shirley chisholm and i quote, she was the of t african-american woman congress, the time is clearly now to put this house on record for the fullest expression of equality of opportunity hich our founding fathers possess. they possessed it but they did not assure it. do for s they tried to their sons. i encourage support of this bill. you.
the speaker pro tempore: the georgia. from mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. i still reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from virginia, representative wexton. the speaker pro tempore: the virginia is rom recognized for one minute. ms. wexton: i thank the gentleman for yielding. speier forgresswoman introducing this important resolution. introduced ce paul the equal rights amendment to include women in our nation's founding document. later during my time in the virginia state senate, i sponsored the resolution for virginia to the e.r.a. but it wouldn't be until january historic with the number of women lawmakers serving in the state legislature that the great commonwealth of virginia became the 38th and equal tate to ratify the rights amendment. this was not simply a symbolic vote. equalitylly, affirming on the basis of sex in the constitution will strengthen
tate and federal laws that protect women. we need the e.r.a. to ensure that equal justice under law is constitutional right for women, not just an inscription supreme entrance of the court. finally, these words will ring true. equality of rights under the law be denied or abridged by the united states or by any sex. on account of today, i am proud to cast my vote in support of the e.r.a. of the ecognition tireless work of so many trailblazers and activistsing -- the years.ver i urge my colleagues to do the same. thank you and i yield back. the peaker pro tempore: gentlewoman from new york -- the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the reserves.from georgia the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now ield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from illinois, representative underwood. the speaker pro tempore: the illinois is rom recognized for one minute. mr. woodall: -- ms. underwood: thank you. i rise in strong support of
h.j.res. 79, a barrel bill that moves -- a bipartisan bill that us closer to adopting the equal rights amendment. madam speaker, women are barrier breakers. we have broken down barriers and ceiling in wn glass education, in the workplace, in military. women are leading in a way we before.d pay disparities and inequalities own.not go away on their that's why we need to ensure that women's rights are guaranteed by adopting the equal rights amendment. in 2018 when illinois ratified the e.r.a. at long last. later, i am here on the house floor because the women of northern illinois sent for them. fight i am here to fight for our right as women to equal treatment constitution of our great country. i urge all my colleagues to move closer to t step legal equality by supporting this essential bill. back. yield thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from new york reserves. he gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from bonamici.. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from oregon is recognized for one minute. ms. bonamici: thank you, madam speaker. in strong support of this resolution to remove the thetrary deadline to ratify equal rights amendment. this year is the centennial of yet, women endment, are still fighting, fighting for the and equal rights under law. women continue to face many barriers to true equality, pregnancy and gender discrimination, unequal pay, and a lack of access to a full range reproductive health care services. the equal rights amendment to he constitution would provide for fundamental equality for women, regardless of who is supremet, who is on the court, or changes in federal law. congress first approved the 1972, and my home
state of oregon was quick to year. it the following and now 38 states, the required 3/4 under the constitution, have ratified the amendment. and today, congress will stand ith our states and make it clear that it is time, actually adopt the equal rights amendment. it's not too late to do the right thing. late for equality. i urge all of my colleagues to support this resolution, and i yield back the balance of my time. the peaker pro tempore: gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from the of virginia, representati representative buyer. beyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for one minute. been 48 since the e.r.a. passed the house and senate. i've had 8 years, three daughters and one
granddaughter. those four young women are brilliant, precocious, accomplished with strong great noebt. and -- know built. built. -- nobility. i'm very proud that the commonwealth of virginia was the 38th state to ratify the e.r.a. permanently remove the deadline for state ratification equal rights for gender. quote, women shall have equal in the united states and every place subject to its jurisdiction? abridged hould not be by the united states by any state on the account of sex. in the rds belong constitution. there's nothing partisan about recognizing men and women have law. rights under the i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the reserves. the gentleman from new york is
recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now ield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from illinois, ms. schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from illinois is one minute.or schakowsky: every single constitution in the whole world 1959, including fghanistan, for example, has the equivalent of the equal rights amendment, but the united of america does not. hough my colleagues on the other side of the aisle and president trump's department of tell you otherwise, we need the equal rights we need it now. the requisite number of states ave now voted to ratify the equal rights amendment. last year, my home state of
to nois was the 37th state ratify, and this year virginia 38.ght us to that number of and today, i will proudly vote my grandchildren, my granddaughters, and my grandsons women are not only strong nd powerful and resilient but also equal citizens under the law. do -- to colleagues to stand with us and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. mr. collins: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, mrs. matsui. ms. matsui. the speaker pro tempore: the recognized.is ms. matsui: when i think about
the future of our country and like for t it to look young women and girls, like my anna, i want equal society, fair play, equal access to basic health care rights. is why the equal rights necessary.s for too long, our country's structural barriers have cast a rights.over women's with 38 states having affirmed their support for the e.r.a., we closer to p shattering those barriers. his resolution negates misguided arguments that because it's some arbitrary deadline, equal rights amendment is effectively dead. it's clear from the recent andons of nevada, illinois, virginia, and our collective voices, it's still very much untiland we will not rest it is engrained in the most sacred document of our nation's history. urge my colleagues to stand women and untry's
support our right to constitutional equality. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: reserves. tempore: the o gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, mrs. davis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is one minute.or mrs. davis: thank you. thank you, madam speaker. years ago, r, 244 women were left out of our onstitution by the men who drafted it. but since then, generations of have blazed a steady trail towards equality in country. but we still do not have constitutional equality. attended many e.r.a. events, representing the league of women 1970's, and if someone would have told me then we would still be doing this in 2020 i would have said of justice.lure
why is anyone against rights for everyone? qual rights for women, they transcend your politics, your age, and your gender. continue his country to receive unequal pay, suffer from harassment in the workplace, endure discrimination pregnancies and fight long legal battles over domestic cases.e a correction of our constitution is clearly long overdue. and justice for all must apply equally to women and men. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. mrs. davis: let's pass this resolution. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the istinguished gentlelady from new york, ms. velazquez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for one minute. you.velazquez: thank madam speaker, 28 days ago on jr.'s luther king birthday, virginia became the
e.r.a.ate to ratify the after decades of struggles, 48 ears after congressional passage, 2/3 of states agreed to n amendment that secures equal rights for all american citizens, regardless of sex. amendment will touch every corner of our lives. 24 words, our nation will asally fully recognize women equal participants in society. to my colleagues opposing the are you afraid of? how can you oppose this look women nd then in your district, in your churches, in your own homes in eye? today is your chance to stand on story.ht side of her i implore my colleagues, vote h.j.res. 79. finish this and at long
last women and men are finally the law with the rights enshrined in the u.s. constitution. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. georgia eman from reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. nadler: mr. nadler: i yield 45 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from california, ms. chu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for 45 seconds. ms. chu: since women gained the right to vote 100 years ago, we made incredible progress, rolling back laws like those that kept us from serving on juries, owning land, or even getting our own credit card. this congress has more women than ever. but true equality is still a goal not a reality. the fact is women are still paid less than men for the same work. and we still have men passing laws that dictate our choices about our bodies. it's clear if we want equality
we need the e.r.a. and the people agree, we saw that at women's marches across the country and in the groundswell of the me, too movement. that energy is leading to change. the people are speaking, it's up to us to listen. arbitrary deadlines are no reason to silence our voices. i urge my colleagues to vote yes and give women the same rights as men. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia, reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 45 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from california, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for 45 seconds. ms. lee: thank you very much. i thank the chairman for yielding. madam speaker, i rise in strong support today of congresswoman ehr's -- speier's h.j.res. 39. i'd like to thank her for her consistent leadership. the e.r.a. would guarantee
rights to all and would finally affirm women's equality in our constitution by removing this arbitrary deadline. and we know that too often women have been relegated to the silence and left out of the constitution, especially black women and women of color. for example there are still rampant gender wage discrimination. discrimination against women must end. that's why the e.r.a. is so important. it would make sure that our government would ensure that women are treated equally. a right that needs to be clearly outlined in every aspect of our country. i want my granddaughters, jordan, a moan, and giselle, to know they are equal to men. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. lee: every girl and woman deserve equality in their country. they should know their contry, the united states of america, has finally joined the rest of the world to stand up -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired.
the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 45 seconds to the distinguished gentleman from hawaii, representative case. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from hawaii is recognized for 45 seconds. mr. case: madam speaker, i rise in very strong support of this resolution to advance the cause of full and equal rights for all women. i do so for my 1-year-old granddaughter, for whom i deeply hope that when she reaches the age of understanding the e.r.a. will be as enshrined in our constitution as is the right to vote today. i also do so as a proud citizen of hawaii. on march 22, 1972, when the u.s. senate sent the e.r.a. to the states, it was early in the morning in hawaii. but by shortly after noon that same day, our legislature voted for ratification. the first state to do so. for my country and hawaii and for all of our women leaders who led this fight, past and present, i proudly join my
colleagues in voting for the e.r.a. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield 45 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from florida, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for 45 seconds. miss bulls: thank -- ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, madam speaker. after nearly a cren transit equal rights amendment is on the cusp of ratification. america's founding, women were intentionally left out of the constitution. as second class citizens, we lacked the right to vote, hold most jobs, or even own property. today we still receive less pay for the same work, and we take advance and harassment for being a woman. but the e.r.a. will prohibit that. in the eyes of our most sacred document, we will finally be equal. women's rights should not depend on congressional whims or who occupies the white house. these basic fundamental rights must be guaranteed. but if we want to hand a more perfect union over to our
daughters, and i have two of them, we must seize this moment to end sex discrimination. we owe it to the women who sacrifice before us and all of our daughters and sons who deserve a life of true equality. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this resolution to remove the arbitrary and outdated deadline for ratifying the e.r.a. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. one minute left. mr. nadler: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia -- mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. i'm confirming the chairman we are ready to close, is that correct? good. madam speaker, before i begin my close, i yield to the gentleman from wisconsin for parliamentary inquiry. mr. sensenbrenner: madam speaker, parliamentary inquiry. it is my intention to raise a point of order that this
resolution requires a 2/3 vote. i will argue the point of order when it is made. but i need to know when the proper time is to raise the oint of order. the speaker pro tempore: the proper time would be when the chair puts the question on passage. mr. sensenbrenner: before or after it has passed? the speaker pro tempore: before. -- at the time the chair puts the question. mr. sensenbrenner: i thank the chair. mr. collins: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. it has been interesting the discussion on the floor today. it's been interesting on both sides to hear the different aspects of why this bill is on the floor, why we are doing it, why we shouldn't be doing it, and many things. it's been interesting the discussion if you go from a strictly number of states category. what's been interesting is my colleagues across the aisle have talked about that there are now 38 states but they fail to mention five states who
rescinded. five states would put you under 38, what is interesting to me in the rules committee the other night their argument was that if they rescinded it's not valid to rescind, but yet you can add states after the time when it is up. that's an interesting argument to make if you are actually looking at it from the perspective they rescinded within the time frame, but yet passed it after the time frame that that's ok. then i actually heard of my colleagues actually mention the fact that if we passed it in here today, that this would now become part of the process along with the state of virginia ratifying it, it's now part of our constitution. i'm sure this was just a euphoric discussion about how this would actually go p about, but they were forgetting the senate is involved in this. it's amazing as we take down -- i was worried at one point, i turned to -- on the discussion that there -- it was said on multiple occasion that is there was no protection in the constitution for women.
i was almost scared for a moment that the 14th amendment had been repealed and didn't know it. it is in there and still in there. checked just a few minutes ago. it's safe. it is interesting to determine when ruth bader ginsberg, one of the foremost architects in looking at this bill even in the 1970's comer forward said, if you want to do this, start over. do it the proper way. as my chairman has said earlier, basically a deadline should not get in the way of what we want. a deadline should not get in the way of what i want to have happen. that's becoming more and more of a concern in this body. that the rules and parliamentary procedures don't matter. if it interferes with what we want. but at the end of the day the question really becomes is why are we doing this? why are we bringing this forward when there is absolutely no legal precedent, no constitutional precedent, no
anything out there, including some of the founders who actually started this, whole process, 40-plus years ago, who say this is not the way you do it. and the reason i know that that is a concern is because some of those who actually said this have been criticized in the media from the perspective of supporters of the e.r.a. to say they have now, ruth bader ginsberg's comments have killed the e.r.a. or effectively done it. the reason is because she's speaking the truth about this issue. we disagree on most everything from a legal perspective. on this one we happen to agree. she's laid forth clearly what should happen here. let me also say, it's been talked about a great deal, so i they we just need to come to the real scenario why this is happening. not that we believe it will happen for anybody here that believes that today is going to put it in part of the constitution, that's not going to happen. what is it? it's a political nod to the understanding of those who are speaking for this. as we have heard earlier,
naral, pro-choice america with ratification of the e.r.a. reinforce the constitutional right to abortion by clarifying sexes either week wall rights which will require judges to strike down anti-abortion laws. also naral, the e.r.a. will support protecting women's right to abortion with five anti-choice justices on the supreme court and row wade on the chopping block more important than ever, we codify women's bodily autonomy in our lives. co-director abortion restrictions amount to sex discrimination because they single out people for unfair treatment on the basis of sex. the senior counsel of the national women's law center, the e.r.a. would create a basis for challenging abortion restrictions. this is what this is actually about. this is what the basis is needed because there is has been shasting in this country to understand that in our opinion and many opinion that abortion is simply murder in the womb. it is not about life. it's interesting we are talking about the rights of women today
which again this bill doesn't have anything to do with it, but we are not concerned if the young women in the womb are even to have a birthday. that's not a concern. so what would happen from these votes who are supporting the resolution today? why do they want it? because it gives a claim to start to finish unfettered abortion. what does that mean? that means let's bring back partial-birth abortion, which if i have to remind anybody here, that means the delivery of the child all the way to the moment the chin almost out and then actually crushing their skull. that's what that is. if that's a right we are protecting, i don't want any part of it. neither does most americans. they don't want a part of it. that's one of those restriction that is will be paid -- laid back. it will also continue to allow unlimited abortions in any state for any reason including sex selection. it's interesting we would talk about this today, the e.r.a. and use this. yet a family could choose to
abort a child because it's a male or female. let's be honest about this. but the bottom line for me, what really bothers me the most when it's unlimited, unfettered access-to-portion this bill opens up if it was to pass was one that his close to home for me. you see aure peaian country recently stated -- a european country recently stated, geneticist in iceland said we almost eradicate the downs syndrome people. i thought to myself for a second. that would be great f we could remove down syndrome and help those and cure that, that would be amazing medical discovery for all people except there is one portion, you know how they have done it? through genetic testing and killing the children in the womb. they don't even let them have a birthday. one counsels mothers as follows, this is your life. you have a right to choose how your life will look. we don't look at abortion as
murder, we look at as a thing we ended. you know why this has opened up, america? this is why. for those of us like myself who have a disabled child, i do not want to hear that we are protecting disabled rights and other rights when we are not even allowing them to be born in certain arenas. every day i get a text on this phone. it's from my daughter. jordan is 27 years old. she has spina bifida. she cannot walk and has never took a step. and i believe probably given the medical condition will not happen this side of heaven. but she rolls and she smiles. she goes to work three days a week. she gets herself up early to put her clothes on and take her shower and get a bus she calls and goes to work. the folks in sweden, you know what they want to do, kill her,
because she is not as valuable as a down syndrome child is not as valuable. you want to open this pandora's box of no abortion restrictions, own what you're doing. when jordan texts me, she texts me good morning, daddy, i love you. how's your day? 27 years ago when we found out a week ago, 27 years ago, that spina as going to have bifida, we were a young couple just happy that god give us a child. and to find out that she had a disability only kept our hearts more in tuned to what god had given. but my wife went to school the next week and she was telling the teacher about what was going on, she said we are trying to figure out where we need to go to have jordan's help when she's born and get more medical attention. this person looked at her and said you know you have choices, correct?
and my wife said, yes, there's north side hospital, no, no, dear. you don't have to go through with this. that's your choice. in other words, as my wife looked at her and said, you're talking about my baby. you see, when we go down this path, don't flower this bill up. look at the ones who actually talk about it. and say this is an open door to abortion own demand with no restrictions, no government interpeerns, in fact government pay for t but before you do that, america, as we look around, i want you to think of the picture on the new gesher baby ad of the young person with down syndrome who is now the face of gesher baby food, if he was in ice lapd he would have been one of those that said oh, we end it. . think about my daughter, for
and e who are struggling, to get a news that you have a child with disability, that's amazingly devastatingly things you can hear because you don't know what the future holds but you do know life is a gift from god. and it is my joy to take care of her. 30 major surgeries before she was 5 years old. hree of which were nine hours in length. tell me her life doesn't matter. someone who doesn't have the possibility of understanding it and they're given a choice they have a disability and somebody tells and says, don't worry. disabilities are bad. just go ahead and end that life and go on with your life, this up.hat this opens so don't give me a bill that's nowhere for the reasons that's been given. the true reasons are found in your own supporters. reasons are found in
true.e know to be isn you understand what this about. i will stand until i have no for the th in my body right of those who can't speak for themselves. to me that it was what would i be saying to my daughter if i voted will be saying to jordan, jordan, the 14th amendment's still there. rotections in law are still there. and by the way, restrictions on bortion will not be done away with. and your life matters. so if you want a picture of picture jordan. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. yields.leman the gentleman from new york is recognized. r. nadler: madam speaker, once again, congress can enact a limit.ion putting a time
it can enact a resolution to remove a time limit. when the senate passes it, the will be part of the constitution. i now yield the balance of our time to the distinguished from michigan, representative tlaib. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. ms. tlaib: thank you so much. i rise very proudly, the first ever elected in congress, in support of house 79.t resolution i swear what's even more interesting is what i've been obsession ut is this to control and oppress women in the united states of america. 2020, t believe it's we're still debating the merits of equal rights amendment. time.eyond i want you all to know this is about women of color, women with disabilities, transgender women, immigrant women. hese women are affected by issues like unequal pay, sexual violence, lack of access to poverty, so much of what we're doing here in trying to promote women's gender, is about
racial, economic justice. so i would ask you all, know no vote today condoning oppression of women in the united states of america and i i yield back nd the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 232, the nays are 183. he joint resolution is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. >> c-span washington journal live every day. coming up friday morning, we'll improve the ts to equal rights amendment with co-president on and c.e.o., carol jenkins. then we'll talk about the trump dministration approach to
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