5 Senators voted against giving workers breaks for pumping breast milk
- Five senators voted no to expanding protections for breastfeeders.
- Sens. Rand Paul, Ron Johnson Pat Toomey Mike Lee, John Cornyn, and Pat Toomey are the senators.
- The federal Omnibus bill will now include the PUMP Act, which the president is expected sign.
The Senate voted 92-5 to add an amendment to the federal Omnibus bill to guarantee breastfeeding mothers the time and space to express their milk at work. This was a display bipartisanship. However, five senators, each male and Republican voted against the amendment.
- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul
- Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
- Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
- Utah Sen. Mike Lee
- Sen. John Cornyn, Texas
Sens. Senators. Jeff Merkley (Democrat) and Lisa Murkowski (Republican). The bill expands on a 2010 law, passed by Merkley (Democrat) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Republican), which provides breastfeeding time and space to hourly workers.
In online statementsMerkley and Murkowski commemorated the passing of the PUMP Act on Thursday.
“I am encouraged to see the PUMP Act pass the Senate—good progress toward ensuring no mother ever has to choose between a job and nursing her child,” Murkowski said.
“We need to make it possible for all new mothers to continue to breastfeed when they return to work. Merkley said that this option is also great for business. “With this bill parents will have the power to decide what they want to breastfeed. Businesses can also improve their retention of valued employees. It’s a win/win for everyone.
Merkley & Murkowski attempted to get the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act approved on Tuesday as a standalone bill, but Paul stopped them. According to JezebelThe senator blocked a vote on a bill because it did not include an amendment he wanted.
Sen. Cynthia LummisWyoming Republican, John Doe, also blocked the bill August. He pointed out that it could disrupt the supply chains as the transportation industry may be unable to offer reasonable accommodations for workers who are breastfeeding.
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