Tammy Duckworth's Newborn Soon to Make History Again
The Illinois Democrat wants to bring her baby to the Senate during votes
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2018 5:45 PM CDT
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Tammy Duckworth speaks on Capitol Hill   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) Tammy Duckworth made history when she became the first US Senator to give birth while in office and now the Illinois Democrat wants to make history again. This time, it could change age-old Senate rules. According to Politico, Duckworth has submitted a resolution that would allow children under a year old to be on the Senate floor during votes, something that longstanding rules forbid. But Duckworth said that needs to change, chiefly because she wants to take her maternity leave without missing important votes. The Senate Rules Committee reportedly may move on the measure as soon as this week, and Politico says the rule change is expected to pass. At age 50, Duckworth made history April 9 when she gave birth to Maile Pearl Bowlsbey, who was named in honor of her father's great-aunt Pearl, an Army nurse who served in WWII.

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