Yesterday, a long-past-due measure passed unanimously in the Senate. The new resolution makes it permissible for senators to bring their babies onto the Senate floor. In particular, it’s geared to help Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who recently gave birth. Now, motherhood won’t impede her or any other senator’s ability to execute her elected responsibilities for her constituents.
Duckworth made history earlier this month when she became the first senator to give birth while serving in office. She and her husband named the child Maile Pearl Bowlsbey.
Perhaps not surprisingly, some of the older Republicans were peeved at the idea of infants in the Senate. They’re all too happy to watch as Donald Trump undermines our democracy at every turn, but they fall to pieces if you upset their delicate sensibilities about Senate decorum.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) worried about what might happen “if there are 10 babies on the floor of the Senate.” Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) failed to see why it was “necessary” to permit babies on the Senate floor. James Inhofe (R-OK) confusedly opined that “they don’t use diaper bags anymore, they’re disposable diapers.”
Undaunted as always, veteran and double-amputee Duckworth took to Twitter to tease her impending arrival on the Senate floor with her child. She joked that her infant will have a jacket so she “doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code” which requires blazers be worn.
It’s a heartwarming, cute message and shows that a woman can be both a dedicated public servant and loving mother.
I may have to vote today, so Maile’s outfit is prepped. I made sure she has a jacket so she doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code (which requires blazers). I’m not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies, but I think we’re ready pic.twitter.com/SsNHEuSVnY
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) April 19, 2018