Warren blasts Senate's 'dumb' rules, offers to hold Duckworth's baby while she votes

Warren blasts Senate's 'dumb' rules, offers to hold Duckworth's baby while she votes
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren's 'ultra wealth' tax is misleading Hillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday vowed to work to change the Senate’s “dumb rules” that prevent Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthTrump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Bipartisan senators press Trump for strategy to protect Syrian Kurds Haaland displays trans flag outside office after Supreme Court decision on transgender military ban MORE (D-Ill.), who is pregnant with her second child, from taking maternity leave. 

Duckworth, who is due to become the first sitting senator to give birth, told Politico on Wednesday that Senate rules preclude her from sponsoring legislation or voting while on maternity leave.

The senator also noted that people aren’t allowed to bring children on the floor of the Senate. 


“If I have to vote, and I’m breastfeeding my child, especially during my maternity leave period, what do I do? Leave her sitting outside?” Duckworth said.

Duckworth, a military veteran who lost both of her legs when her helicopter was shot down over Iraq in 2004, has been a frequent critic of President Trump, specifically of his rhetoric about the military.

She has labeled him “cadet bone spurs,” a reference to Trump’s multiple draft deferments during the Vietnam War.