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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

On International Women’s Day, Democratic Women’s Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Lawrence Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging Senate Leadership to Vote on the ERA

March 8, 2022
Press Release
Members Call on Senate to Hold Historic Vote in Commemoration of Women’s History Month

Washington, DC - On International Women’s Day, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, joined a bipartisan letter led by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, urging Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule a vote on the Senate floor on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) this month in commemoration of Women’s History Month. To view the letter, click here.

“In just a few weeks, on March 22, we will mark the 50th anniversary of congressional passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). In anticipation of this anniversary, and as Members of Congress committed to constitutional equality, we write to request immediate action by the Senate to affirm the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. March is Women’s History Month—the perfect time for this historic action,” wrote the Members to Majority Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell.

On March 17, 2021, the House of Representatives voted to eliminate the timeframe for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), in order to eliminate any doubt that the ERA has met the constitutional requirements for ratification and is now the law of the land. The House-passed resolution, H.J. Res 17., introduced by Rep. Speier and Rep. Reed, has a companion bill, S.J. Res. 1, which has not yet been taken up by the Senate for a vote.

Over two years ago, the ERA was ratified by the state of Virginia, the 38th and final state needed to meet the requirements of Article V of the U.S. Constitution for ratification of a constitutional amendment. On January 27, 2022, the second anniversary of that historic vote and the date the ERA went into effect, President Biden made a statement in support of the ERA and called on Congress “to act immediately to pass a resolution recognizing ratification of the ERA.” In their letter, the Members urge the Senate heed the President’s call for action and schedule a vote on the Senate floor for S.J. Res. 1.

The letter was signed by Rep. Maloney, Democratic Women’s Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Lawrence, Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Vice Chairs Reps. Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), and Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23).