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 RyanHow does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act GOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign 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 MengColorado city to vote on lowering voting age to 16 Dem lawmaker seeks to lower voting age to 16 House passes 'menstrual equality' measure to allow tampon, pad purchases with health spending accounts 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.