Congressman Cohen Votes to Advance the Equal Rights Amendment

February 13, 2020
Press Release
In floor speech, says “we are on the verge of a breakthrough for equality”


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, today spoke on the House floor in favor of a resolution to remove a deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and then voted for the measure. The vote on passage was 232 to 183.

In his floor speech, Congressman Cohen said:

“Nearly 100 years after women gained the right to vote – and it took over 130 years to acquire it -- it is difficult to believe that our Nation’s founding document still does not guarantee their equality under the law, It is even more difficult to believe this is an area of serious disagreement in the United States Congress…When women are treated with dignity and respect in the workplace, in the home, and by our institutions of government, all of the American people stand to benefit…We are on the verge of a breakthrough for equality in this country…”

See Congressman Cohen’s entire remarks here.

Last April, Congressman Cohen presided at the first hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment in 36 years. See his release on the historic hearing here.