Schumer seeks to revive Equal Rights Amendment
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pushing for a vote this week on a resolution that aims to add the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution, more than a century after its initial introduction. Schumer emphasized the urgency of the ERA given recent events, such as the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which could have implications for women’s reproductive rights.
History of the ERA
The ERA was first introduced in Congress 100 years ago and passed both the House and Senate in 1972, but it fell short of the required 38 state ratifications by the 7-year deadline set by Congress. However, three more states ratified the ERA in recent years, bringing the total to 38.
A bipartisan resolution
Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) are co-sponsoring a bipartisan resolution to remove the original bill’s “arbitrary deadline” for ratification, which could pave the way for the ERA’s addition to the Constitution. Critics of the ERA argue that it is unnecessary given existing protections, such as the 14th Amendment and other targeted laws.
Uphill battle in the Senate
The resolution still faces significant opposition in the Senate, where it would need support from several more Republicans to pass. Conservatives have generally been opposed to its passage. The ERA could enshrine equal rights on the basis of sex in the U.S. Constitution, but its passage is far from guaranteed.
Schumer defends delayed reaction to China’s spy flights
Separately, Sen. Chuck Schumer defended the delayed U.S. reaction to China’s spy flights, which were shot down over the Atlantic Ocean. He stated that the U.S. had gathered “enormous intelligence” before taking action. No further details were given.