The inspiration for the historic change of rules was Sen.
Ten-day-old Maile got an extremely early introduction to United States politics Thursday when her Senator mom Tammy Duckworth made her the first baby ever to visit the floor while the Senate was in session.
Duckworth, 50, became the first senator to give birth while serving in the Senate, sparking a debate about rules forbidding children from being on the floor while the chamber is in session.
"It's about time", the Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran told reporters on the way in to vote. Tammy Duckworth to breast-feed on the Senate floor.
Teleworking is not an option in the Senate, which requires members to vote in person.
Duckworth's vote was her first appearance in the Senate since giving birth.
During one unrelated Senate briefing, she noticed four older senators standing together, at least one of whom had made discreet inquiries on the topic.
The proposal, which could get a vote this week, marks another moment for an institution that, at times, seems to relish its resistance to change.
"Why would I object to it?" Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., father of three and grandfather of six.
"I was disrupting the progress of the Senate, supposedly", Enzi said.
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"Thank you very much", Duckworth said to the Kentucky Republican. What wasn't expected was the reaction of some of Duckworth's fellow senators. Duckworth's pregnancy highlighted the complexities Senate rules pose for new parents.
"Now it's a standard rule, because we believe that there will be other moms and dads that may want to bring their infants on the floor".
But there still were concerns.
Blunt said he had been working with Minnesota Sen.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., is enthusiastically supportive of babies on the floor, calling them an excellent distraction.
Having 10 babies on the Senate floor, as Hatch suggested, "would be a delight", Klobuchar said. "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.
While senator were willing to make special exemptions for Duckworth, the new mother and the Rules Committee both wanted to the changes more lasting, Klobuchar said.
"We could only wish we had 10 babies on the floor". She gathered support among other lawmakers who wanted to send a symbolic message that the Senate, like all workplaces, should make small accommodations for working parents.
A service dog was allowed on the floor in 1997, "but since then we have not expanded any access to the floor until this little Maile", Klobuchar said. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.