There is progress on the ERA and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). We are receiving updates on the ERA bill from a NOW taskforce on ERA as well as our homegrown ERA-NC Alliance, of which NC NOW is a part. The House is planning to vote on removing the ERA time limit and also on the improved Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) the same day.
The bill to remove the ERA time limit will be voted on in the U.S. House on Wednesday, March 17. The ERA-NC Alliance is expecting a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 17, to pass HJR 17. In the Senate, it is SJR 1.
NOW’s ERA Taskforce doesn’t yet know which bill will hit the floor first. The ERA Taskforce has been told that General Debate on the ERA will begin around 12:00 pm and that a vote is expected to begin around 3:30 pm with final passage around 4:15 pm.
From the ERA Coalition – Take Action with our House Vote Share Kit!
In advance of the House vote we want to make sure that the members of Congress are hearing from us that we want them to vote for HJ Res 17 when it is on the floor. Please use, and widely share, our share kit with graphics and posts. I’m also including a link to our updated action alert page for you to share with your networks.
Link to ERA House Vote Share Kit: House Vote Share Kit
Link to contact your Congressperson: https://www.ncleg.gov/FindYourLegislators
Sign ERA petition at https://tinyurl.com/ERApetition.
Wear your ERA facemask. You can get one from Nevada NOW athttps://tinyurl.com/ERAfacemasks.
The ERA Coalition is also hosting a live celebration and watch party for the House vote! The Coalition will start the conversation before the floor speeches begin, and then we’ll watch the floor speeches and pick up the celebration afterward. The party will include some special guests, Coalition members and elected officials. You can watch the full livestream on ERA-NC Alliance’s facebook page.