Senator faces workplace difficulty over maternity leave

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, says she’s prepared to “change some rules” in the Senate as she becomes the first sitting U.S. senator to give birth when she welcomes her second child, a baby girl due in April. Duckworth told Politico’s “Women Rule” podcast that she faces an ascending battle when it comes to being a mom in office. 

“For example, you are not allowed to bring children onto the building of the Senate at all,” Duckworth noted. “If we have to vote, and I’m breastfeeding my child, generally during my maternity leave period, what do we do? Leave her sitting outside?”

She added, “I can’t leave her with a staff member, that’s a dispute of interest, so am we allowed to vote? Can we not do my job? What are some of the mandate there?”

Duckworth pronounced she’s also being told she can’t “technically” take maternity leave to caring for her daughter. “Because if we take maternity leave, then we won’t be allowed to unite legislation or opinion during that time period,” she explained.

In the meantime, Duckworth pronounced she continues to work by stream legislation and manners to find a solution to her difficulty “so that other legislators behind me can continue to do their jobs but also demeanour after their families.”

While Duckworth, an Iraq fight maestro and double amputee, told CBS News’ Nancy Cordes in an talk last month that her latest “first” in a career full of them is “ridiculous”, she pronounced she’s been welcoming the remarkable bipartisan suggestion of her landmark pregnancy.  

“Other members on both sides of the aisle been fantastic, people come up to me and it’s been almost a ordering piece of news. People are so happy, we’ve all been hungering for something non-partisan,” she said.

Duckworth has even been fielding suggestions for a name for her new little one. “Even Cory Gardener, (R-Colorado) pronounced ‘you know Cory is a unisex name'”, pronounced Duckworth. She added, laughing, “I told him I’m not certain I’m going to be fixing my child after you, but appreciate you.”

While Duckworth pronounced other new mothers need to learn that “the ideal life where you can do all is a lie” indicating to the “normalcy” of families struggles, she pronounced she hopes her pregnancy will enthuse some-more women to get into bureau to create some-more “family-friendly” legislation.

“It’s a big understanding since it shows women are finally getting to the halls of energy and we need some-more of them, there’s only 22 of them and it’s not enough,” she added.

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