Senate Set to Allow Tammy Duckworth’s Newborn on the Floor
The Senate is expected to change its rules soon for new mom Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) who made history becoming the first Senator to give birth while in office. The Senate sometimes stacks several votes in a row or gets sidelined by delays, requiring lawmakers to be on the floor for an extended period of time. “I can’t be away from a newborn infant in the first three months for that long,” Duckworth told Politico before her baby was born. Senators are required to appear in the Senate chamber in person to vote. Duckworth can’t hand off her child to a staffer, who is a federal employee, because of conflict of interest rules. She has submitted a resolution that would allow Senators to bring a child under one-year-old onto the Senate floor during votes. Senate leaders appear poised to approve the request -- a rarity to change rules in the upper chamber. But nobody puts baby in a corner. Duckworth welcomed Maile Pearl Bowlsbey on April 9th and plans to take an unofficial maternity leave. More here.