Senator Wants To Bring Her Baby To Floor
Last Monday, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill, had a baby. On the outside, this news seems rather unworthy of a headline, however, this was no ordinary event by a stretch. It has been 230 years since a current (sitting) senator gave birth. And now Duckworth wants to confront the political system that she feels is unfit to play host to a working mother’s needs.
The 50-year-old senator gave birth, alongside her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, to a daughter they named Maile Pearl. Duckworth prior gave birth to their first child, Abigail, back in 2014 as she was a part of the House. However, times have changed and now Duckworth wants to press other senators to accommodate her needs as a mother.
“As tough as juggling the demands of motherhood and being a Senator can be, I’m hardly alone or unique as a working parent,” the senator stated, “and my children only make me more committed to doing my job and standing up for hardworking families everywhere.”
With an influx of women running for offices on both sides of the political divide all over the nation, Duckworth believes that the time is now to fix the rules so that being a mother and being a politician are both possible at the same time.
Duckworth’s main proposal? She wants to bring her baby with her to vote. Her argument hinges on the fact that a senator must be on the Senate floor in order to vote so Duckworth wants to shake up the rules which forbid bringing a baby on the floor. Oddly, the floor often already seems filled with babies, what’s one more?
“For me to find out that there are issues with the United States Senate’s rules where I may not be able to vote or bring my child onto the floor of the Senate when I need to vote because we ban children from the floor, I thought, ‘Wow, I feel like I’m living in the 19th century instead of the 21st,’ ” she said on CNN.
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has had no real comment on the matter. He doesn’t strike me as a “baby guy” in the slightest, though. The Senate has a history of accommodating those with illnesses and disabilities in matters of vote presence, which would make sense seeing the new Facebook witch trials have rather exposed that most of our senators are very old.
At best, it would help give women who typically post-pone political runs because they want to have a family new political life. At worst, the Senate floor would add a little more crying and whining to it. It could also allow for more representation for mothers in high Republican and Democratic and Independent seats.
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Author: Jim Satney
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