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

Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenAnn Coulter offers rare praise for Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Democratic leaders seek balance amid liberal push to go big on immigration California Democrats unveil redistricting reform bill after Supreme Court partisan gerrymandering ruling 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 MengKatherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent Warren introduces universal child care legislation France grants asylum to Interpol ex-president's family while he's detained by China MORE (D-N.Y.), and Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzNYT: Don't make Acosta a political martyr Epstein charges put Trump Labor secretary back in spotlight Repeat of border aid battle expected with Homeland Security bill 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."


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 RyanOcasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller House Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump 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.