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Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) represents New Jersey's 2nd district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Van Drew co-sponsors move to extend ERA ratification deadline

All 11 New Jersey House Democrats are supporting resolution

By David Wildstein, September 02 2019 2:01 am

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Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) is the co-sponsor of a move to extend the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

All eleven Democrats in the New Jersey House delegation are supporting the effort.

Congress approved the ERA in 1972, but ratification fell three states short even after an extension to 1982.  Two more states have since ratified the amendment, and with the Virginia lower house in play this year, there is a drive to grant another extension.

Renewed interest in the ERA came when Nevada ratified it anyway in 2017 and Illinois in 2018.  Since the Virginia Senate has already voted to ratify.  Should Democrats win control of Virginia’s lower house this fall – it’s currently a 51-49 Republican majority – it’s possible to see the amendment ratified, if Congress extends the deadline.

In February of this year, a ratification vote by the Virginia House of Delegates deadlocked 50-50.

It’s not immediately clear if such an extension would hold up to legal challenges.

When the U.S. House of Representatives approved the ERA in 1971 by a 324-24 vote, the only New Jersey congressman to vote against it was Rep. Charles Sandman (R-Cape May Court House).

Sandman preceded Van Drew as both a State Senator from Cape May County and as the congressman from New Jersey’s 2nd district.

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2 thoughts on “Van Drew co-sponsors move to extend ERA ratification deadline

  1. There is no time-limit in the Constitution for ratifying an Amendment. The Constitution requires Congress to propose an Amendment and The States to ratify it. Although the Supreme Court has upheld the right of Congress to add a time limit, this limitation is a power grab by Congress and a take-away of state’s rights. Furthermore, the time limit is in the proposing clause of ERA. It would be highly unlikely for one Congress to be bound by a previous Congress. Lastly, The time-limit is flexible. It was extended by Congress from seven-years to ten.

  2. Friend Laura Callow, our legendary Equal Rights Amendment champion has it absolutely right about its flimsy separate section that is not a votable part of the Amendment, thus losing authority. BESIDES, OUR VERY OWN CREATED AND LAUNCHED BILL IN 2009 TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THAT TIME LIMIT WAS JUST HEARD BY A U.S. CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE ON APRIL 30, 2019 and was warmly received. The vote is intended for mid-September 2019!
    In addition, the ancients in Congress who claim that those 5 states which tried to change their votes for ERA quite a while ago, are evidently losers of that game because Article V of our
    US Constitution has no provision for doing that.

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