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

Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenHouse Dems reintroduce the Dream Act Key Dem chairman voices skepticism on 'Medicare for all' bill Feminine hygiene products to be available to House lawmakers using congressional funds 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 MengMuslim man denied green card after being detained, allegedly served pork: report Feminine hygiene products to be available to House lawmakers using congressional funds First DACA recipient to become Rhodes scholar to attend State of the Union MORE (D-N.Y.), and Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzGOP turns Venezuela into Florida attack line Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media Trump's emergency declaration looms over Pentagon funding fight 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 RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down 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.