United States senators allowed to bring babies into chamber

Apr 20, 2018, 00:50
United States senators allowed to bring babies into chamber

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthTrump's NASA nominee advances after floor drama Senate repeals auto-loan guidance in precedent-shattering vote Resolution allowing Duckworth to bring baby on floor headed to full Senate MORE (D-Ill.) shared a photo of her newborn daughter's outfit for her first appearance in the Senate since a resolution passed allowing babies on the floor during votes.

The inspiration for the new rule is a small bundle named Maile Pearl, born April 9 to Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth -the only sitting senator in USA history to give birth.

"I think it's historic, I think it's fantastic", Duckworth said.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the chamber, told CNN that the rule change would likely improve the atmosphere in the room.

Unlike the senators, Maile (and all other future babies to come on the Senate floor) won't have to worry about a dress code. Sen.

The proposal originally generated some fussiness in the typically staid U.S. Senate, which is bound by tradition and seldom changes its rules.

A baby may even add some levity to the politically-charged chamber. "I'm glad we were able to get this done to address the needs of parents in the Senate", BBC quoted him as saying.

It's unclear how soon Duckworth might take advantage of the new rules. Veterans Affairs Secretary-designate Ronny Jackson could get a vote in the coming weeks, too.

The full statement from April 18th, 2018 on how Senate rules have changed, now allowing new parents to bring their children onto Senate floor.

Enzi said that allowing a parent to bring their infant along so that they can follow through with Senate duties is an entirely different, more important issue. In fact, she welcomed her first child, Abigail, when she served in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the case of the Senate, Duckworth is relatively young compared to other women who have been elected to the upper chamber of Congress so this is really the first opportunity the Senate has had to deal with this issue.

United States law prevents congressional employees, who are paid by USA taxpayers, from conducting the personal business of lawmakers, so the rule change accommodates parents of a newborn in the event they need to vote and care for their child at the same time.

Will she change the baby's diaper on the floor?

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