“Senator Tammy Duckworth and her newborn baby just made history.
Duckworth brought her newborn baby, Maile, to the Senate floor to vote Thursday just weeks after giving birth — marking a pivotal moment for lawmakers and their families a day after the Senate passed, without objection, a resolution that allows senators to bring their children under one year onto the floor.
Carrying Maile in her arms, the senator appeared on the floor for the first time since giving birth to vote no on President Donald Trump’s pick to lead NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma. The Senate narrowly confirmed Bridenstine, 50-49.
Duckworth, 50, who became the first sitting U.S. Senator to give birth while in officewhen she welcomed her baby earlier this month, pushed for the resolution to ensure she would be able to attend Senate votes and introduce legislation while the mother of a newborn.
Earlier Thursday, Duckworth tweeted an image of an ensemble consisting of a duckling onesie and a teal sweater for her newborn daughter’s Senate debut.
“I may have to vote today, so Maile’s outfit is prepped,” the Illinois Democrat tweeted Thursday. “I made sure she has a jacket so she doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code (which requires blazers).”
“I’m not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies,” she added, ‘but I think we’re ready.’”
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