Yesterday the Senate voted to allow babies on the chamber floor. Just one day later Tammy Duckworth made history by bringing her newborn with her to vote. Duckworth thought she might be the deciding vote in stopping a disputed Trump administration nominee. Although that wasn’t the case, newborn Maile Pearl Bowlsbey, still caused a stir. On April 9th, Duckworth became the first senator to give birth while in office.
"I made sure she has a jacket so she doesn't violate the Senate floor dress code (which requires blazers) ... I'm not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies, but I think we're ready."
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) brought her newborn to the floor for a vote on Jim Bridenstine's confirmation as NASA Administrator. Before making her way down to the chamber, Duckworth—who became the first senator to give birth while in-office—tweeted Maile Pearl’s planned outfit for her Senate floor debut. “I made sure she has a jacket so she doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code (which requires blazers),” she wrote. “I’m not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies, but I think we’re ready.” On her way down to the vote, she toldreporters, “About time, huh? She’s pretty young to be making history.” When asked how she felt after the vote, Duckworth said, “It’s amazing, and it’s about time.”