Should members of Congress be allowed to bring their babies to Capitol Hill?
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Should members of Congress be allowed to bring their babies to Capitol Hill?

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) made history by becoming the first woman to give birth while serving in the Senate, and she lobbied to change the Senate rules to allow her to bring her baby with her to the Senate floor. Duckworth argued the old rules were antiquated and unfair to new mothers. But others say Capitol Hill is no place for a newborn baby, and member of Congress should leave their kids at home. What do you think? 👶🏻

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth made history by becoming the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office.

Duckworth pledged to change antiquated Senate rules that don't allow members of Congress to bring their children to the floor, arguing the rule are unfair to new mothers in Congress who intend to continue working and voting after they give birth.

"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, and we need to make some of these changes,'" the Illinois Democrat told CNN.
"I mean, this is ridiculous. We're in 2018 and we're still dealing with this in the United States of America. We're better than that. And, certainly, this speaks to the problems we have in this country with the need for family leave and certainly more family-friendly legislation in this country."

Duckworth was successful in changing the Senate rules which now allow her to bring her new baby to the Senate floor.

The rule change, voted through by unanimous consent, was done to accommodate senators with newborn babies, allowing them now to be able to bring a child under 1 year old onto the Senate floor and breastfeed them during votes.

Fellow Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren has openly expressed her support of Duckworth.

But others feel the U.S. Senate is no place for a newborn baby. Working mothers across the country manage to find daycare for their children while they do their jobs, members of Congress should be no different.

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