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Posted at 9:58 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Boehner orders potty parity for House women

By The Reliable Source

Boehner's blow for equal rights: A restroom for female members just as convenient as the men's. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Female members of Congress will finally get their own restroom just off the House floor -- and just when the lines were about to get shorter anyway!

Speaker-to-be John Boehner announced Wednesday night he's ordered the Architect of the Capitol to transform space currently occupied by the Office of the Parliamentarian into a women's restroom. Until now, only congressmen have had a bathroom break convenient to the House floor; female members have had to trek across Statuary Hall to their loo in the Congressional Women's Reading Room.

Ah, he wants them back in their seats faster for votes, huh? Boehner called it a "long overdue" change "as we continue to open up the people's House." (A House committee last spring explored potty parity across all federal buildings, even for non-elected bladders, but the legislation hasn't gone anywhere.)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: New mom, again (Somodevilla/Getty)

Female senators got a restroom next to their chamber back in 1993, after the so-called "Year of the Woman" when their numbers went from four to seven. The number of congresswomen has more than doubled since then -- though it's actually poised to dip after the recent elections: 71 female members in the 112th Congress, down from 76.

How inconvenient has the walk through Statuary Hall been? We thought the perfect person to ask would be Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the first woman to give birth twice while in Congress. But she was still laid up after delivering child No. 2 on Wednesday -- a daughter, 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces -- and was unavailable for comment.

By The Reliable Source  | December 2, 2010; 9:58 AM ET
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I think this is entirely appropriate. I just hope the House Parliamentarian doesn't have to work in the old ladies' room.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | December 2, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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