Senators babies now welcome in Senate
“May canadian goose jacket have to vote today. Maile’s outfit is prepped,” she tweeted, with a photo of baby clothes. “Made sure she canada goose coats has a jacket so she doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code requiring blazers. Not sure what the policy is on duckling canada goose outlet store uk onesies but I think we’re ready.”
A Duckworth aide confirmed the tweet is authentic and said the senator would only vote if her vote is needed canada goose coats on sale to canada goose outlet break a tie.
It was fast progress less than a day after the Senate changed its rules to allow the babies of members on the floor during votes. In a statement, Duckworth thanked her colleagues for “helping bring the Senate into the 21st Century by recognizing that sometimes new parents also have responsibilities at work.”
Their concerns Canada Goose Jackets and uk canada goose more were shared by Republicans and Democrats in a 100 member body in which the average age of members tops 60, according to canada goose outlet interviews Wednesday.
“It is a big change,” Sen. Amy canada goose store Klobuchar, D Minn., said in a telephone interview, as leaders of both parties sought to clear the new rule without objection, or public discussion. The private reassurances to members of both parties, she said, have “been going on for weeks.”
Teleworking is not an option in the Senate, which requires members to vote in person. So Duckworth raised a rare question that split her colleagues more along generational official canada goose outlet lines than well worn partisan ones. canada goose outlet parka Duckworth proposed changing the rules to allow senators with newborns not canada goose outlet nyc just Duckworth, and not just women to bring their babies onto the floor of the Senate.
This, recalled Klobuchar, did not go entirely smoothly for the two months she privately took questions about the idea and its potential consequences diaper changes, fussing and, notably, nursing.
Sen. Tom Cotton, father of two, said he has no problem with goose outlet canada the rule change. But the Arkansas Republican acknowledged that some of his colleagues do, “so the cloakroom might be a good compromise.”
Klobuchar’s answer to that suggestion noted that Duckworth lost both legs and partial use of an arm in Iraq, and mostly gets around by wheelchair.
“Yes, you can vote from the doorway of the cloakroom, but how is she going to get to the cloakroom when it’s not wheelchair accessible?” she asked. Some senators proposed making an exception for Duckworth. But her allies said the Senate should canada goose uk black friday make work easier for new parents. “We believe strongly, and she did, that it should be a permanent rules change.”
Having 10 babies on the Senate floor, as Hatch suggested, “would be a delight,” Klobuchar said.
There was canada goose uk outlet more, voiced privately, Klobuchar said including whether Duckworth intended to change Maile’s diaper or nurse her new baby on the Senate floor.
Most senators, though, were supportive, Klobuchar said. Majority Leader Mitch canada goose outlet new york city McConnell, R Ky., and Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt, R Mo., both fathers, helped or did not stand in the way. McConnell did not answer a reporter’s question Wednesday about whether he had any concerns about babies on the canada goose factory outlet Senate floor.
Several others were happy to voice support for the rules change, canada goose outlet reviews and could not resist taking https://www.naslsoccerbowl.com a jab at their colleagues.
“Why would I object to it? We have plenty of babies on the floor,” joked Sen. Marco Rubio, R Fla.
But there still was some confusion.
Just after the unanimous vote, Sen. Dick Durbin, D Ill., said it would do the tradition canada goose jacket outlet bound Senate some good to see “a diaper bag next to one of these brass spittoons, which sit on the floor, thank goodness, never used.”
Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe took issue with that, saying: “They don’t use diaper bags anymore. They’re disposable diapers.”
Diaper canada goose outlet online uk bags are generally used to carry clean diapers and other supplies canada goose outlet toronto factory when parents and babies go out. Sometimes, they hold dirty naps until they can be disposed of.