Tip O'Neill Announces the Equal Rights Amendment as HR-1 Ca. 1983Unknown - 1983
In 1983, Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill (D, MA) announced that he would put the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as the first order of business for that Congressional session. Ultimately, though, the House defeated the ERA 278-147. One of the reasons why the ERA failed was the use of "suspension of the rules", a Congressional procedure that forbids the addition of any amendments to the bill and limits partisan debate to 40 minutes each. Suspension of the rules is typically used on noncontroversial bills in order to speed legislation - this turned many members of Congress who might have voted for the ERA with changes, such as the exemption of women from military combat and the draft, against the bill.
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Copyright Date: ©1983
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