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

Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel 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 MengDe Blasio, John Cho, Rep. Grace Meng unite for event to fight racism against Asian Americans NY Democrats call for mortgage forgiveness in next coronavirus relief bill Hillicon Valley: Experts worry U.S. elections vulnerable due to COVID-19 | Report finds states need more federal election funds | Republican senators to introduce coronavirus-related privacy bill MORE (D-N.Y.), and Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzBipartisan group of lawmakers calls on DeVos to issue guidance on child abuse reporting amid pandemic Florida election supervisors urge DeSantis to 'act immediately' to make voting safe amid pandemic The Hill's Coronavirus Report: DeLauro questions why White House is blocking Fauci from testifying before House panel, wants Pelosi to stay on into next Congress 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 RyanLobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America House Democrat calls for halt to lawmakers sleeping in their offices 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.