With more women in Congress, family leave legislation has a chance

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Opinion

May 15, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

At just 10 days old, my daughter Maile made history. Last April, swaddled in blankets, nestled in my arms, she became the first child allowed onto the Senate floor — sleeping peacefully as I cast a vote, unaware of the milestone moment.

As a mother, I’ll never forget that day, and I’m endlessly grateful that my colleagues changed chamber rules to allow me and all future parents in the Senate to fulfill our responsibilities to both the Constitution and our newborns.

But I’ll also never understand how it took 229 years for the Senate to adopt a policy that would allow working moms to, well, work.

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