Bathroom equality comes to the House
December 1st, 2010
07:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Bathroom equality comes to the House

Washington (CNN) - Pelosi may have "shattered the marble ceiling" as the first female House Speaker, but incoming Republican House Speaker John Boehner has decided to create equal bathroom access for female members of Congress.

According to an announcement from the GOP transition team, the woman's restroom will be adjacent to the House floor to accommodate the 71 female members in the next Congress, something current female members live without.

"As we continue to evaluate ways to open up the people's House, it's encouraging to be able to make changes like this that are long overdue," Boehner said in the statement.

A similar facility was constructed adjacent to the Senate chamber in 1993. The restroom will replace the space used by the Office of the Parliamentarian.

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  1. Indie Woman in Denver

    This is great news for female members of Congress. Now how about attending to the REAL busiiness of Congress. Where are the jobs, Mr Boehner? What are you going to do to create jobs? I have yet to hear any kind of plan, other than depending on trickle-down economics, which we all know has failed miserably since Reagan first brought it up. The GOP/emperor has no clothes!

    December 1, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. NoObama

    Thanks CNN for a great piece of news with this! You are an incredible source of news.

    December 1, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner is more interested in toilets than he is working for the American people.

    December 1, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    MAybe they will put a ladies room off the Oval Office next. And I'm not talking about one for the First Lady ( or anyone who has ever held that position!).

    December 1, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. New Age Independant

    I think male and female should just use the same facilities. That's pretty much what they want the military to do. Why not start with Congress first.

    December 1, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. D. B.

    Having voted down the paycheck fairness act, Republicans don't want women to receive equal pay for equal work, but they'd like female congress members to have their own restroom. Sounds fair to me!

    December 1, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is this really necessary? I mean equal access to all things should be done, but is this really news worthy? If the GOP touts this, it just shows how lame they are because they could have done before.

    December 1, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  8. Eyeugize

    Ok, so that will take care of the boy's and girls. What about Barney. Where is his special place.

    December 1, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. J. Samuel Cook

    How much will this cost the taxpayers and how does this relate to creating jobs?

    December 1, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  10. mas

    Finally, Joe, whom I often watch on TV, has made a comment with whom many agree. Sadly, though, I'm sure Sarah Palin, in her own "refudiation" of the English language, will respond noting Joe was off the air for a while due to his own incorrect action. She will not, of course, agree with him.

    Perhaps Palin is sure she is America's future "Savior-In-Chief" President for difficult economic times. She wants us all to ignore her possible adult ADD and that she speaks in soundbites filled with ellipses. We are supposed to forget her gutter language and that of her family members. She wants us to put aside her "blue-blood" reference to a former First Lady, too.

    I would hope America cannot forget any of these things in 2012. I like to think we as a nation are far more intelligent than the "greed-is-good" Palins.

    What on earth was John McCain thinking in 2008? He's to blame for the uprising of Palin. mas.

    December 2, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  11. Brian

    Way to go. Focus on the trivial and spend money. You're off to a good start.

    December 2, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. DC Insider

    I find it ironic it has taken this long to fix this. I myself used to wonder about it when I was near the makes good sense and seemed unreasonable for them to have to use the one on the other end of the building.

    December 2, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  13. yup

    And the libs will call him names because they have nothing else to do till there next welfare check comes in.

    December 2, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |

    In these extraordinarily tough economic times it's great to see the new House speaker allocating our tax dollars for such a critical purpose.

    December 2, 2010 02:30 am at 2:30 am |