Patricia Arquette to push for ERA at hearing
Some star power is headed to Capitol Hill — with both Patricia Arquette and Ben Stiller poised to testify at separate congressional hearings this week.
Arquette will be among those speaking Tuesday at a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The proposed legislation would amend the Constitution, guaranteeing equal rights for all Americans, regardless of gender.
The former “Medium” star and Oscar winner has been a frequent visitor to Washington to push lawmakers to ratify the ERA, speaking on the same issue on the Hill in January alongside fellow actress Alyssa Milano.
Following the hearing, former “Charmed” star Milano will be on hand to join Arquette and lawmakers — including Reps. Carolyn Maloney(D-N.Y), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) — at a gathering marking the first congressional hearing on the amendment in more than three decades.
The next day, Stiller is poised to make an appearance at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. The comedian and “Meet the Fockers” actor, who was named global goodwill ambassador to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, last year, will testify at a hearing on the humanitarian impact of the war in Syria.
“I for one will do what I can as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, to advocate for refugees and encourage others to join me,” Stiller said after the agency announced his appointment last July.
Just last month, Stiller was delivering faux congressional testimony for laughs as part of a “Saturday Night Live” skit. The 53-year-old performer played Michael Cohen in a sketch mocking President Trump‘s former attorney’s February testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.