Next week, the House of Representatives may consider House Joint Resolution 79, which appears to amend the resolution proposing the Equal Rights Amendment to remove its ratification deadline. The problem is that the previous measure, House Joint Resolution 208, no longer exists. It was adopted on March 22, 1972, and included a seven-year deadline for state ratification. When the deadline passed with fewer than the 38 ratifying states the Constitution requires, the resolution expired.
The House knows it. The website of the House Clerk has a tab for frequently asked questions. Number 11 is this: “When does a bill become ‘dead’ or no longer open to consideration?”…
There are 3 answers. 2 don’t apply. The 3rd says the bill is dead.
Which means – you guessed it – we have to rally the troops to cajole, threaten, persuade sufficient members of Congress to restart the whole process – one more time. C’mon, folks, I’m trying to live long enough to see this victory. I’d rather I needn’t be counting my age in triple digits when it happens.