Infants Will Now Be Allowed On The Senate Floor During Votes

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Because of Senate rules, she couldn't hand her child to a staffer while she voted, nor could she bring him onto the Senate floor with her.

The Senate on Wednesday night unanimously approved a change to its rules to permit the children of senators onto the floor until they are 1 year old. Her statement added, "These policies aren't just a women's issue, they are a common-sense economic issue".

"If I have to vote, and I'm breastfeeding my child, especially during my maternity leave period, what do I do?"

Several others were happy to voice support for the rules change, and could not resist taking a jab at their colleagues.

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A swaddled 11-day-old Maile Pearl Bowlsbey arrived on the floor of the chamber carried by her mother, Senator Tammy Duckworth, as the Illinois Democrat came to vote on President Donald Trump's nominee to become head of the NASA space agency.

When she was on the Senate floor, a group of senators including Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said in a telephone interview, as leaders of both parties sought to clear the new rule without objection, or public discussion. "The United States Senate should be no exception". "As tough as juggling the demands of motherhood and being a Senator can be, I'm hardly alone or unique as a working parent, and my children only make me more committed to doing my job and standing up for hardworking families everywhere".

After there were complaints about how having a nursing newborn among the mostly male Senate might affect the political body's "decorum", Richard Armande Mills took to Twitter to express misgivings. "Now, obviously it would interfere with our ability to get our work done if we had lots of toddlers crawling around". Duckworth has been home since giving birth and her colleagues realized that it might be easier for her to work if they changed the rules. Mike Enzi, R-Wy., years to get his fellow senators to allow him to bring a laptop to the floor to keep track of tricky amendments during a budget debate. "I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the Federal Parliament", Waters said in May. "One senator told me that he couldn't type, and if I was typing he'd feel compelled to explain to his constituents that he couldn't".