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Washington, D.C.: At a House Judiciary Committee Meeting markup last week, Democrats voted to remove the long-elapsed deadline from the Equal Rights Amendment. They are blatantly ignoring Congressional process and Supreme Court ruling. Ranking Member Doug Collins gave a scathing rebuke of the vote, warning that Congress simply “doesn’t have the constitutional authority to retroactively revive a failed constitutional amendment.”
“Congressman Collins is spot on,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “Pro ERAers are still bitter from their 1979 loss. They’re now trying to scam the American people (with help from Fake News media) into believing that phony so-called ‘ratifications’ by states will complete the ERA. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“Everyone recognized the death of the ERA 40 years ago. They now must — as they tried to do and failed in the 1980s — resurrect it for a 2/3rds vote in Congress and 3/4s ratification by the states. Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recognizes this as the option for a valid ERA. She remarked several weeks ago that ‘I hope someday… we’ll be starting over again [on the ERA] collecting the necessary states to ratify it.'”
The deadline has passed. Congress knew it in 1983. The Supreme Court recognized it in 1982, ruling the issue was dead “since the deadline for ERA ratification expired.” House Democrats need to get clued in, and we need more conservatives like Rep. Collins to be bold and speak up for the Constitution. Any government official who improperly misleads the public is guilty of profound disservice to our nation. The Equal Rights Amendment is bad news for our country just like a Congress that blatantly ignores the constitution.