The House is poised this week to pass a measure that would revive the long-dead Equal Rights Amendment by repealing the 1982 deadline imposed on states to ratify it.
The measure, H.J. Res. 79, would “permanently reopen the ratification process for the amendment by eliminating the deadline,” the Congressional Budget Office reported.
The amendment has gained new life in recent years. Many of the women in the House Democratic Caucus sported ERA pins during President Trump’s State of Union address on Tuesday and wore white to symbolize the suffragist movement.
But the effort to resuscitate the ERA faces significant obstacles.
The GOP-led Senate is unlikely to endorse the House measure.
“I’m personally not a supporter,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said last week.
Even if the Senate cleared the measure, the Justice Department has ruled it would be unconstitutional.
House lawmakers must start over if they wish to ratify the ERA, the Office of Legal