Thanks to Tammy Duckworth, infants are now allowed on the Senate floor

US Senator Senator Tammy Duckworth
US Senator Senator Tammy Duckworth

21 April, 2018

In fact, he left a Senate vote open to allow Duckworth time to get there with little Maile Pearl Bowlsbey. Duckworth and Maile arrived and officially cast their vote (they vote "no", for the record) before soaking up some love from Duckworth's peers.

The rule change, which could pass this week, says senators with children under a year old could bring them into the Senate during votes. Now, lawmakers can bring along children under 1.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth made history Thursday and put new Senate rules to use. Her statement added, "These policies aren't just a women's issue, they are a common-sense economic issue". And it's all thanks to IL senator and mom of two Tammy Duckworth, the first USA senator to give birth while in office, who pushed for the rule change.

"I made sure she has a jacket so she doesn't violate the Senate floor dress code (which requires blazers)", she joked.

"I think we ought to accommodate people as much as we can", said Alabama Republican Richard Shelby ahead of the rule change. Seeing that the Senate wants to make it easier for new moms to simultaneously care of their newborns and represent their constituents will hopefully help usher in more gender-balanced representation.

First of all, congratulations are in order for Duckworth and her husband on the birth of their daughter and second child. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, 84, Republican of Utah, asked, according to The Associated Press.

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Blunt said he had been working with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., ranking member of the committee.

"I've never been a nursing mother, but it seems to me that at a minimum there's a women's bathroom very close to the Senate, which I think would be available at least to provide some level of privacy", Alan Frumin, who stepped down from his role in 2012, told Newsweek in February.

"The Senate should be a leader in the effort to modernize workplaces across our country-and we hope this is just the beginning of Congress' efforts to protect all new parents from discrimination and ensure new parents can do their jobs in a supportive family-friendly environment", said UltraViolet of this week's rule change.

Duckworth, who is taking her maternity leave in Washington, DC, spearheaded the push for the rule change. We're not there yet in America, and we have a strong economy right now, and a lot of our businesses need workers.

But Roberts mentioned that a member could simply vote in the door of the cloakroom - a lounge just off the chamber that is not wheelchair accessible. "I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the Federal Parliament", Waters said in May.

Although a Duckworth is a trailblazer among USA politicians, political leaders in other countries have been able to take their babies and children to work for some time.

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