Cassidy, Hyde-Smith, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Condemning Democrats’ Push to Unilaterally Change the Constitution0
Published 5:30 am Monday, March 20, 2023
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and seven colleagues today introduced a resolution affirming Congress has no authority to declare the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified as part of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution comes in response to Democrats’ efforts to add the ERA to the Constitution by removing the ratification deadline set by Congress more than 50 years ago. If enacted, the ERA would potentially increase abortion access across the country, threaten religious liberties, and weaken protections for biological women.
“Nobody should be allowed a backdoor way to amend the Constitution,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This resolution ensures Democrats do not set a dangerous precedent by creating an illegal workaround to the amendment process laid out in the Constitution.”
“The law and the facts outlined in this resolution are clear. Congress has no authority to go back in time to revive a failed constitutional amendment, which makes the current push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment wrong on its face,” said Hyde-Smith. “Beyond the illegitimacy of trying to resurrect the ERA, we cannot ignore the very serious effects adding the ERA to our Constitution today would have on abortion, religious liberty, protections for women, and more.”
Cassidy and Hyde-Smith were joined by U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), J.D. Vance (R-OH), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in cosponsoring the resolution.
The six-page resolution recognizes that:
The resolution reviews federal judicial findings that shoot down notions that Congress can eliminate the ratification deadline for the ERA, which fell short of the 38 state ratifications necessary for adoption under Article V of the Constitution. Only 35 states ratified the ERA before its seven-year deadline, and four of those states subsequently voted to rescind their ratifications of the ERA.
Concerned Women for America (CWFA), the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the Independent Women’s Voice (IWV), Heritage Action, and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America support the Senate resolution.