Senate rules require lawmakers to vote in person, which would be a challenge for Duckworth since Senate votes can take an unpredictable amount of time and extend into the wee hours of the morning. On Thursday she joined her mother, Illinois Democratic Sen. Duckworth and her colleagues had pushed for flexibility so that members of the upper chamber - particularly women - who have children while in office can remain close to them while they're infants. The rule change was done on Wednesday to accommodate senators with newborn babies, allowing them now to be able to bring their less than one-year-old children onto the Senate floor and breastfeed them during votes, CNN reported. Now, lawmakers can bring along children under 1. "Because if we're gonna have a more work friendly, family friendly place in the Senate, we don't wanna just be for one mom, we want it to be for everyone and we should be an example for the country".
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Duckworth, who is taking her maternity leave in Washington, D.C., spearheaded the push for the rule change. "The Senate I guess has evolved slowly for a long time, but evolution is always going on".
Duckworth became the first senator to give birth while in office earlier this month when her daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey was born.
That question quietly wound through back channels in the Senate this week after a proposal to allow tiny humans, the progeny of senators, into the tradition-bound, male-dominated chamber.
Blunt said he had been working with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said in a telephone interview, as leaders of both parties sought to clear the new rule without objection, or public discussion.
"I think it would do us good, every once in a while, to see a pacifier next to the antique inkwells on our desks, or a diaper bag next to a brass spittoon that hasn't been used in decades", he said. "The United States Senate should be no exception".
"Parenthood isn't just a women's issue, it's an economic issue and one that affects all parents - men and women alike", Duckworth said. "And if we're gonna get there, we have to start offering our workers the ability to work while they have kids".
"It is a big change", Sen.
"I have issues with Duckworth potentially being able to weaponize that baby to affect legislative decision-making".