The historic mother-daughter arrival was made possible by a change in Senate rules late on Wednesday, enabling young children of senators to be brought onto the floor of the chamber during votes. The rule change comes after Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth became the first USA senator to give birth while in office. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who gave birth last month. In fact, he left a Senate vote open to allow Duckworth time to get there with little Maile Pearl Bowlsbey.
Senators made the change to allow babies in the chamber after Sen. The rules are so hard to change that it took Budget Committee Chairman Sen.
Teleworking is not an option in the Senate, which requires members to vote in person.
The new rule allows senators infants under the age of one onto the senate floor but it doesn't say anything about breast-feeding.
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Duckworth had expressed concerns about how she would be able to care for her newborn while carrying out her constitutional duties, BBC reported.
Klobuchar said the rule is largely created to aid lawmakers when last-minute votes are called and child care can't be found. On the floor of the Senate, Dick Durbin said it'll do the tradition-bound institution some good, noting "Every once in awhile to see pacifiers next to the antique inkwells on our desks or a diaper bag next to these brass spitoons, which sit on the floor never-used". Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double-amputee, arrived in a wheelchair with Maile on her lap, voted no with a downturned thumb, and laughed. Previously, Duckworth had given birth to the couple's first child while serving in the House of Representatives but that was not a first as several other Congresswomen had given birth while serving, and the rules of that body actually allow members to bring their children on the floor as long as they are being orderly and not disruptive.
There was more, voiced privately, Klobuchar said - including whether Duckworth meant to change Maile's diaper or nurse her new baby on the Senate floor. "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.
Duckworth's dress code joke referred to Capitol Hill's previous rule, which required women - reporters and lawmakers - to wear dresses and blouses with sleeves if they want to enter certain areas. Utah Republican Orrin Hatch asked, "What if there are 10 babies on the floor of the Senate?"