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Parliamentary mothers push for babies in the Bundestag

DDP/The Local · 17 Dec 2009, 09:17

Published: 17 Dec 2009 09:17 GMT+01:00

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“In the future we also want to have mothers in the parliament, therefore we want to pass a rule for exceptional situations that allows children up to 12-months old in the plenary hall in emergencies,” Green party politician and Bundestag Vice President Katrin Göring-Eckardt told the paper.

There are several mothers in parliament who have infants, the paper said. Free Democrat Judith Skudelny recently caused a stir when she brought her four-month-old baby daughter into a parliamentary session.

Since then, several female parliamentarians have been pressing Bundestag administrators for a new rule to allow babies if mothers can’t find alternative child care.

“The majority is smaller than it was during the grand coalition – every vote counts,” Green party politician and mother of an eight-month-old daughter Kerstin Andreae told the paper.

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Supporters of the measure are also reviewing other options to accommodate politicians with babies, such as a day care room near the plenary hall of the Reichstag building, the paper said.

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20:21 December 17, 2009 by Henckel
What next? Will they allow breastfeeding in the session chammber?
08:10 December 18, 2009 by DoubleDTown
Maybe people that aren't organized enough to have childcare lined up shouldn't be making policy decisions for a country of 80 million people?

Or, maybe the Bundestag could have (i) an onsite daycare facility; or (ii) a contract with a nearby off-site daycare facility like many for-profit businesses do?
15:35 December 18, 2009 by Henckel
Even American federal buildings (federal district courthouses, for instance) generally have day care centers (the one in Oklahoma City was obliterated in the terrorist bombing in 1995). I don't know for sure if the US Capitol has one, but considering all the other perquisites of Members of Congress and Senators, it's very likely there is one.
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