A bill introduced by progressive freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse that has been stalled in the U.S. Senate for months received support Friday from an unlikely ally: President Donald Trump.
Neguse’s bill, H.R. 473, would create a monument in Washington, D.C., to honor suffragists and the 19th Amendment. The sculpture, crafted by Loveland artist Jane DeDecker, would feature Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Harriot Stanton Blatch, Ida B. Wells and Alice Paul.
“I have done more for WOMEN than just about any President in HISTORY!” Trump tweeted Friday. “As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of women’s voting rights, we should build a BEAUTIFUL STATUE in Washington D.C. to honor the many brave women who made this possible for our GREAT COUNTRY.”
“Congress should send me H.R. 473 ASAP and make this happen!” the president added in a subsequent tweet. “It will INSPIRE all women to continue being bold and brave in achieving their DREAMS!”
The bill is co-sponsored by the entire Colorado congressional delegation and unanimously passed the U.S. House in February on a voice vote, a tactic used for uncontroversial legislation. But it has not been acted on in the Senate.
Trump’s statement of support does not guarantee the Republican-controlled Senate will pass the bill, but it does make that outcome far more likely.
“The United States Senate must do their job and take up this broadly supported bill,” Neguse, a Lafayette Democrat, said Friday, “along with countless other common sense provisions that have stalled over the last two years due to the Senate’s inaction.”