H.J.RES.79: Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment.

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225 (223 Democrats, 2 Republicans)

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Feb. 16, 2020 3rd

Bill Summary

This joint resolution eliminates the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which prohibits discrimination based on sex. The amendment was proposed to the states in House Joint Resolution 208 of the 92nd Congress, as agreed to in the Senate on March 22, 1972. The amendment shall be part of the Constitution whenever ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states.

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There are 48 statements associated with H.J.RES.79.

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 13
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Feb. 13
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Feb. 13

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 232 - 183 (Roll no. 70).

Feb. 13
POINT OF ORDER - Mr. Sensenbrenner raised a point of order against the vote on passage of the joint resolution, stating that the vote required a two-thirds vote to amend the Constitution. The Chair overruled the point of order, pursuant to H.Res. 842, an affirmative vote of a majority of Members present and voting, is required on final passage of H.J. Res. 79. Mr. Sensenbrenner appealed the ruling of the Chair, and the Chair advised that she had not issued an appealable ruling and thus put the question on passage of the joint resolution.
Feb. 13
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
Feb. 13
DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 79.
Feb. 13
Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2546 and H.J. Res. 79. The resolution provides for one hour of debate on each measure. The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 2546 under a structured rule and consideration of H.J.Res. 79 under a closed rule with a motion to recommit with or without instructions for each measure.
Feb. 13
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 844.
Feb. 13

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 232 - 183 (Roll no. 70). (text: CR H1129)

Feb. 13
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 844. (consideration: CR H1129-1143)
Feb. 11
Rule H. Res. 844 passed House.
Feb. 10
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 844 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2546 and H.J. Res. 79. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. Provides for one hour of debate on each measure as well as ordering the previous question without intervening motions. The rule provides for one motion to recommit H.R. 2546 with instructions.
Feb. 10
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 844 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2546 and H.J. Res. 79. The resolution provides for one hour of debate on each measure. The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 2546 under a structured rule and consideration of H.J.Res. 79 under a closed rule with a motion to recommit with or without instructions for each measure.
Jan. 16
Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 70.
Jan. 16
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 116-378.
Nov. 13, 2019
Ordered to be Reported (Amended).
Nov. 13, 2019
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Nov. 12, 2019
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Discharged.
Nov. 9, 2019
Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
Nov. 8, 2019
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Nov. 8, 2019

Introduced in the House by Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

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