Tammy Duckworth Delivers Newborn to Perform infant inside Senate Room

FEB. 14 2018 FILE

She is taking a 12-week maternity leave in Washington in order to be nearby for close votes.

"Despite the senator's vocal support for the change, some shared his joke out of context, implying that the senator was objecting to the policy change", said Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock.

Of course, some would argue that babies have always been allowed on the floor of the Senate, but those would be babies of the adult variety.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth's baby makes her big debut on the Senate floor.

Late on Wednesday night, the Senate took the rare step of voting to change its own rules to allow infants who are less than 1-year old onto the chamber floor during votes.

"I may have to vote today, so Maile's outfit is prepped".

Duckworth was also the first disabled woman elected to Congress, as well as the first Congress member born in Thailand, according to HuffPost.

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Dick Durbin, the senior senator from Duckworth's home state of IL said of the change, "I think it will do us good in the United States Senate every once in a while to see a pacifier next to the antique inkwells on our desks".

Enzi said that allowing a parent to bring her infant along so she can follow through with Senate duties is an entirely different, more important issue.

For the record, Duckworth's Twitter response to the passing of her resolution basically deserves a slow clap.

Mickelsen says it's completely appropriate to allow children on the House or Senate floor - as long as the parent is attentive and respectful.

Some senators then proposed making an exception just for Duckworth. "The more women we get into office the more family-friendly legislation we're going to have", Duckworth said in February in an interview with Politico. The Illinois Democrat gave birth to her second child, another girl, on April 9.

Duckworth, 50, gave thanks to her Democratic and Republican colleagues for "helping bring the Senate into the 21st Century by recognizing that sometimes new parents also have responsibilities at work". "I'm not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies, but I think we're ready", she wrote, accompanying the tweet with a picture of baby clothes. "I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the Federal Parliament", Waters said in May.

Klobuchar said it's well past time for the Senate to change its rules once again.

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