Politics Duckworth says she can't 'technically take maternity leave'

16:26  14 february  2018
16:26  14 february  2018 Source:   The Hill

Senator faces workplace predicament over maternity leave

  Senator faces workplace predicament over maternity leave "If I take maternity leave, then I won't be allowed to sponsor legislation or vote during that time period," explained DuckworthSen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, says she's ready to "change some rules" in the Senate as she becomes the first sitting U.S. senator to give birth when she welcomes her second child, a baby girl due in April. Duckworth told Politico's "Women Rule" podcast that she faces an uphill battle when it comes to being a mother in office.

“Because if I take maternity leave , then I won’ t be allowed to sponsor legislation or vote during that time period.” “I don’ t know,” Duckworth said , when asked if she thought her party could retake the Senate majority in November.

recently announced she is expecting her second child in April — said in a new interview that she can ' t " technically take maternity leave ." Leave her sitting outside?” she asked. Duckworth during the interview also discussed her recent attacks on President Trump Donald John Trump Tillerson: Russia

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) - who recently announced she is expecting her second child in April - said in a new interview that she can't "technically take maternity leave."

"Because if I take maternity leave, then I won't be allowed to sponsor legislation or vote during that time period," she said in the latest episode of Politico's "Women Rule" podcast.

Duckworth, who would become the first woman to give birth while serving in the Senate, said during the interview she wants to figure out with leadership how she can still vote during her planned 12 weeks of paid leave.

"It's going to change some Senate rules," Duckworth said.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth: 'Cadet Bone Spurs' Won't Tell Me When To Clap

  Sen. Tammy Duckworth: 'Cadet Bone Spurs' Won't Tell Me When To Clap Iraq War veteran and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) criticized President Donald Trump for calling Democrats who did not clap during his State of the Union address “treasonous” on Monday. “We don’t live in a dictatorship or a monarchy,” Duckworth tweeted soon after he made the comment. “I swore an oath ― in the military and in the Senate ― to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not to mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs and clap when he demands I clap.”We don't live in a dictatorship or a monarchy.

She added, "I can ' t leave her with a staff member, that's a conflict of interest, so am I allowed to vote? Can I not do my job? What are some of the requirements there?" Duckworth said she 's also being told she can ' t " technically " take maternity leave to care for her daughter.

Duckworth : ‘I can ’ t technically take maternity leave ’. She plans to take 12 weeks of paid leave – but she ’s working with her party’s leadership and her staff to figure out how she can still take important votes while she ’s out.

She also noted that people aren't allowed to bring children onto 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?" she asked.

Duckworth during the interview also discussed her recent attacks on President Trump, whom she has referred to as "Cadet Bone Spurs."

"I just think it's descriptive. I think bullies need to have a taste of their own medicine, and he is a bully. And you stand up to bullies," she said.

"He was a cadet in a prep school," she added.

"And the bone spurs thing, I just think it's ironic that you have an injury that is so severe it keeps you out of serving your country, but you don't remember which foot it was in, or whether it was in both feet."

Duckworth was referring to Trump's multiple deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War, one of which was for heel spurs, or bone protrusions caused by calcium buildup.

Duckworth, a military veteran who lost both of her legs when her helicopter was shot down over Iraq in 2004, ripped Trump as a "five-deferment draft dodger" during a previous speech on the Senate floor.

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