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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-SJR21 on Jun 22, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: Equal Rights Amendment for men and women
Source: HJR69&SJR21
JOINT RESOLUTION: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women. Constitutional Amendment: Prohibits denying or abridging equality of rights under the law by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of 3/4ths of the several States:
  1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
  2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
  3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

[Explanatory note from Wikipedia.com and OnTheIssues.org]:

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution. The ERA was originally written by Alice Paul and, in 1923, it was introduced in the Congress for the first time. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress, but failed to gain ratification before its June 30, 1982 deadline. This new proposed amendment is identical in wording to the original 1972 proposed amendment. It was proposed in Congress in every session from 1923 through 1970 prior to passing in 1972; and has been re-introduced in Congress in every session since 1982 after its failure at ratification. The current version removes the Congressionally imposed deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, so that if the bill passes Congress, states have no deadline as they did in 1982.

Also see the related House of Representatives bill HJR69.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Question 2: Legally require hiring women & minorities Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Civil Rights
  • Headline: Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-SJR21

Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
John Kerry s1sMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Frank Lautenberg s1sNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Robert Menendez s2pNew Jersey Democrat 
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 



Republicans participating in 11-SJR21



Independents participating in 11-SJR21

Joseph Lieberman s1sCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 11
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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