Sen. Tammy Duckworth referred to as it “ridiculous” that she’ll be the primary U.S. senator in historical past to offer delivery whereas in workplace — and stated the being pregnant has proven her how “behind the instances” the Senate actually is.
Duckworth, 49, an Illinois Democrat and double amputee Iraq Struggle vet, is anticipating a child woman in April, her second youngster.
“The entire being the primary sitting Senator to offer delivery I feel is ridiculous. It is 2018, we’d like extra feminine senators, there are solely 22 of us. However I have been somewhat overwhelmed by how landmark it’s when it should not be. It is the 21st century,” she stated Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Since getting pregnant, Duckworth has found a few of the Senate’s extra outdated guidelines — like a prohibition on youngsters on the Senate ground, she stated. The physique additionally lacks a parental go away coverage for members.
“The Senate is behind the instances. So we will work on that,” she stated.
Duckworth stated she does plan to take a while off after giving delivery, however will are available in for essential votes. She had her first daughter whereas serving within the Home of Representatives.
“I used to be the tenth one within the Home, so there was a coverage within the Home, however I am the primary within the Senate. So I’ve to determine that out,” she stated.
Underneath present guidelines, the toddler won’t be welcome on the ground.
“I’ll take the time that I would like with my daughter, however in the course of that, there is perhaps days when I’ve to, you recognize, we’ve got quite a lot of shut votes proper now, that I would like to come back in and never let the individuals of Illinois down,” Duckworth stated. “However then what do I do with my child?”