The US Senate introduced amendments to the regulations on April 18 that will allow members of the upper house of Congress to take children under the age of one year into the courtroom during voting, and to breastfeed during the discussion of the bills. This was reported by CNN.
The resolution was adopted unanimously, it was written by the Democratic senator from Illinois, Tammy Duckworth, who could not attend the meeting. On April 9, she became the first US Senator to have a child. According to the rules, children could not be left with assistants during the voting, it was also forbidden to enter with them in the hall. Dakworth made an initiative to repeal this rule.
On her website, Dakworth thanked colleagues from both parties and noted that now motherhood would not prevent her from fulfilling her duties. In the next three months, she will be on maternity leave, but will be able to appear in the Senate during the voting on important bills.
Duckworth is 50 years old, she used to be a military pilot. In 2004, during the war in Iraq, her helicopter fell and she lost both legs. In 2017, she became the first person with disabilities elected to the Senate. She helps veterans of the Armed Forces in rehabilitation and drafts bills that would facilitate the lives of mothers.