WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), led a majority of the U.S. Senate Thursday in supporting S.J.Res. 4, a resolution he coauthored with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) that would remove the arbitrary deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and positively affirm that the Constitution’s 38-state threshold needed has been met.
A similar resolution was approved by the House in 2021 and 2022, but had never been voted on by the Senate until this week. In its first Senate vote, the Cardin-Murkowski resolution garnered a 51 to 47 bipartisan majority of Senators in favor, but did not achieve the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. Leader Schumer then entered a motion to reconsider the vote at a later time this Congress.
Following the vote, Senator Cardin was joined by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (Mass.-7) and Congresswoman Cori Bush (Mo.-1) and Equal Rights advocates, including former Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Equal Rights Coalition president, Zakiya Thomas, actress Alyssa Milano, Generation Ratify national policy director, Claudia Nachega and CEO of League of Women Voters, Virginia Kase Solomón.
“The states have completed their work. They have ratified. It’s now up to Congress to complete its job and remove any doubt about the Equal Rights Amendment being part of our Constitution,” said Senator Cardin during Thursday’s press conference. “This has been a struggle, but we’re going to get to the finish line.”
The full press conference can be viewed here.
On Wednesday evening before the vote, Senator Cardin led a debate on the Senate Floor detailing why the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment is long overdue.