Feminine hygiene products to be available to House lawmakers using congressional funds

Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenPelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' Hillicon Valley: Instagram cracks down on anti-vaccine tags | Facebook co-founder on fallout from call to break up company | House Dems reintroduce election security bill | Lawmakers offer bill requiring cyber, IT training for House House Dems reintroduce bill to protect elections from cyberattacks MORE (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration, said Monday that lawmakers will be able to use congressional funds to purchase feminine hygiene products after three Democratic lawmakers requested the materials be more readily available to members.

Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), 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 (D-N.Y.), and Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzCongressional Women's Softball team releases roster Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Trump nominates Shanahan as Pentagon chief | House panel advances bill to block military funds for border wall | Trump defends Bolton despite differences House panel advances bill to block military construction funds for border wall MORE (D-Fla.) praised Lofgren's announcement, which said that the House Office Supply Store would begin carrying the products "effective immediately," and could be purchased with Members' Representational Allowance.

“This decision is a tremendous step forward in providing greater access to menstrual hygiene products on Capitol Hill,” Meng said in a statement. “It will ensure that House offices are able to provide these necessary items to staff and visitors who require them."

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Lawmakers will be able to use their Members' Representational Allowance (MRA), an annual allotment provided to each Congressional office to pay staff, fund travel and cover the purchase of necessary supplies.

Maloney, Meng and Wasserman Schultz requested the change from Lofgren on Monday. 

Maloney and Meng had raised concerns last summer over the accessibility of feminine hygiene products after Maloney’s office purchased the products and was denied a request for reimbursement. 

The two lawmakers called on then-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.) to provide the products in all bathrooms operated by the House. Maloney noted at the time that congressional funds can be used on “executive tissue holders, embellished letter openers and brass bookends,” but not tampons.