Grace Meng Wants Clarification on Feminine Products, Period.
Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY)wants the new Democratic House leadership to issue guidance on the policy regarding the use of official funds to purchase feminine hygiene products. In a letter to House Administration Committee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Meng and Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) also want the House to make these products available in the House Office Supply Store. “It is critical for all women to have access to menstrual hygiene products and that includes those who work on or visit Capitol Hill,” said Meng. “Providing clear and appropriate guidance would ensure that House offices are able to provide these necessary items to women who require them. These products are basic and essential necessities, just like hand soap and toilet paper, and there should be no confusion or vagueness over how to pay for them.” Last year, Meng and Maloney pressed former Speaker Paul Ryan to allow House offices to be reimbursed for feminine hygiene products purchased for Congressional staff and office visitors. Maloney used his Members’ Representational Allowance to purchase a box of tampons, but was told by the House Finance Office that the purchase was not allowed and that he would instead have to personally reimburse the office for the expense. The outgoing House Administration Committee Chairman failed to provide official guidance to House offices after the incident. Read the full letter here.