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Full Statement from Senator Duckworth on Children allowed on Senate floor

Full Statement from Senator Duckworth on Children allowed on Senate floor

Previously, only senators and certain members of staff were allowed on the floor while the Senate conducted legislative business.

The United States Senate unanimously agreed this evening to allow all Senators to bring their infant children onto the Senate floor, if necessary, during votes while their children are under the age of one.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who just gave birth this month, wrote a resolution to change an old rule banning children from the floor.

Senators said it was important that they led by example by introducing family-friendly policies.

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Her office has said she plans to take a 12-week maternity leave, but will be present for important votes.

Senate Rules Committee Chairperson Roy Blunt said being a parent was a difficult job and Senate rules shouldn't make it any harder. 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. "I'm glad we were able to get this done to address the needs of parents in the Senate". The last time the Senate granted additional floor privileges was in 1977 when it voted to change Senate rules to allow service dogs.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said, "Every day moms and dads balance being great parents and successful professionals, and workplaces need to recognize that reality". But she expressed concern about the complex and strict Senate rules, which might impact her ability to do so while caring for - and breastfeeding - her newborn.

With 23 women now serving in the Senate, the issue quickly was resolved.


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