WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the 100th anniversary of the Senate’s passage of the 19th Amendment, giving American women the right to vote:
“Today, June 4, 2019, marks an historic anniversary for the United States Senate. It was 100 years ago today that this body passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and sent it on to the states for ratification. It was 100 years ago today that this institution finally recognized that American women deserve the right to vote, just the same as men. Of course, this victory for equality and fairness had been a long time in the making.
“The very same text that would become the 19th Amendment was first introduced in the Senate more than 40 years before that, in 1878. It was introduced by Senator Aaron Sargent of California, whom with his wife were close friends of Susan B. Anthony. But when it finally received a vote, nearly a decade later, there were twice as many votes against it as for it. By 1914, there had been progress. When it received another vote that year, it failed by only 11 votes. By February 1919, more progress. It lost by just one vote. Read More
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