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Payne misses ERA vote, then tweets about passage

Democratic congressman co-sponsored bill he didn’t vote for

By David Wildstein, February 13 2020 12:49 pm

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) was a no-show on the House floor this morning for a vote to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, even though he co-sponsored the bill.

After not voting, Payne tweeted that the House passed the measure.

“I am excited that we are one step closer to making this historic amendment a part of the U.S. Constitution,” Payne said in his tweet.

An aide who answered the phone in his congressional office said that he was in Washington today.  Payne’s office did not immediately respond to a 12:17 PM telephone call.

The ERA resolution passed the House by a 232-183 vote.  Payne was one of fifteen House members who did not cast a vote.  Five of them were Democratic co-sponsors, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) was one of five House Republicans who bucked his party to vote yes.  Van Drew had co-sponsored the ERA ratification move while he was still a Democrat.

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