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Senate may change rules to allow new parents to bring their babies on the floor

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) speaks during a town hall meeting on April 11, 2017 in Palatine, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth gave birth to a baby girl earlier this month (making her the first senator to have a baby while in office), and she is now pushing for a rule change that would allow her to bring her newborn onto the Senate floor.

According to Politico, Duckworth has submitted a resolution that would permit politicians to bring children under the age of one year onto the Senate floor during votes. Current rules prohibit this, and Duckworth argues that they are detrimental to working parents.

Duckworth is taking unofficial maternity leave, but plans to come into work if her presence is required to vote on important matters. Because these votes can get delayed, or involve several votes in a row, they can be time consuming procedures.

“I can’t be away from a newborn infant in the first three months for that long,” Duckworth told Politico.

The proposal was reportedly drafted with input from both political parties, and has garnered support from Committee Chairman Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican. The Rules Committee is consequently expected to approve the proposal in the near future.

Read the full story at Politico.

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