On the Hill
In this current Congressional session, Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley and Cori Bush, two dynamic and impactful Black women leaders, became our new ERA Champions! Together they launched the first Congressional Caucus on the Equal Rights Amendment, bringing renewed energy, excitement, and attention to the ERA. Congresswoman Pressley introduced a resolution affirming the validity of the Equal Rights Amendment as ratified and is currently pushing a Discharge Petition, and Senators Cardin and Murkowski introduced a matching resolution in the Senate. Congresswoman Cori Bush and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also introduced a resolution that would affirm the validity of the ERA and call on the U.S. Archivist to publish it immediately.
In 2023, we worked with Senate Judiciary Committee staff to hold their first hearing on the ERA in nearly 40 years, and the public heard that the Koch brothers are funding our opposition. And soon after that hearing, Senate Majority Leader Schumer held a cloture vote on the resolution to end debate and bring it up for a full vote in the Senate; while we didn’t reach the undemocratic 60 vote threshold to go to the Senate floor, we did reach a bipartisan majority and have a Motion to Reconsider the resolution later this session.
We do the work of building support for the Equal Rights Amendment in the House and Senate on a daily basis, seeking co-sponsors for legislation and opportunities to move the process forward.