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Senate allows babies in chamber despite concerns from older, male senators

Senate allows babies in chamber despite concerns from older, male senators

The Senate has voted unanimously to let the babies of its members into the tradition-bound chamber.

The inspiration for the historic change of rules was Sen. Tammy Duckworth's daughter Maile Pearl, born April 9. Duckworth, now the only senator in U.S. history to give birth while in office, wants to resume voting and the Senate requires that votes be cast in person.

So the Illinois Democrat, now on maternity leave, proposed that babies be allowed into the chamber. She says the vote Wednesday helps "bring the Senate into the 21st Century."

Although no one objected, the idea didn't sit easily with some senators in both parties concerned that babies would disrupt...

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