Dems call on Ryan to provide free feminine hygiene products in House bathrooms

Dems call on Ryan to provide free feminine hygiene products in House bathrooms
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A pair of Democratic New York lawmakers have requested that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (R-Wis.) make feminine hygiene products available for free in all House bathrooms.

The request, detailed in a Friday letter from Reps. Grace MengGrace MengFrance grants asylum to Interpol ex-president's family while he's detained by China House ethics panel renews probes into three GOP lawmakers Live coverage: Barr faces House panel amid questions over Mueller report MORE and Sean Patrick Maloney, comes after a week after Maloney’s office was denied a request for reimbursement.

They called on Ryan to provide the products in all bathrooms operated by the House, according to a statement from Meng’s office.

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“Feminine hygiene products are a basic and essential need for women,” Meng said. 

Capitol Hill should be a “welcoming place” for women who work there or are visiting, Maloney added.

“Women have been treated as second-class citizens for far too long,” she said.

Maloney pointed out on Twitter that congressional funds can be used on “executive tissue holders, embellished letter openers and brass bookends,” but not tampons.

Meng is sponsoring the Menstrual Equity for All Act, which would require certain groups of girls and women to have access to the products.

She has already convinced the Federal Emergency Management Agency to add feminine care products to the list of items made available to homeless assistance providers, her statement said. Menstural products are now also reportedly available to female inmates for free after Meng lobbied the Federal Bureau of Prisons.