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Senate GOP Blocks Equal Rights Amendment

It will not be added to the Constitution

Tonight, Senate Republicans blocked a measure that would have allowed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to be added to the U.S. Constitution.

Senators voted 51 to 47 to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed, falling short of the 60 votes it it needed.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) were the lone Republicans to vote with every Democrat. The ERA passed Congress in 1972, having been first proposed in 1923. Constitutional amendments, under U.S. law, must be ratified by three-quarters of all state legislatures, meaning 38 states. 

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