Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) intends to commandeer a
swanky office space adjacent to the House floor and build a women's
restroom for female lawmakers.
For years, men have had the luxury of using facilities located adjacent to the House floor, just outside the Speaker's lobby. But women have had no such option.
If women need to powder their noses, they must instead go downstairs or to a restroom several halls away from the chamber.
But Boehner wants that to end, and plans to direct the Architect of the Capitol to construct a women's bathroom in the space currently occupied by the House Parliamentarian.
Boehner said on Wednesday evening of his decision that "as we continue to evaluate ways to open up the people’s House, it’s encouraging to be able to make changes like this that are long overdue.”
There will be 71 female House members in the 112th Congress.
The Office of the Parliamentarian will be relocated to another space in the Capitol.