Norton Bill Requiring Federal Facilities to Provide Lactation Spaces to Nursing Mothers Passes Senate, Headed to President Trump’s Desk
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the Senate yesterday passed Norton’s Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, which now heads to the President for signing. Her bill requires buildings that are either federally owned or leased to provide designated private, hygienic lactation spaces for nursing mothers visiting such buildings. Federal law currently requires employers to provide a designated, non-bathroom space for employees to pump breastmilk for their newborns, but Norton’s bill would extend this requirement to visitors and guests in federal facilities across the nation.
“The benefits of breastfeeding are so well-documented that federal agencies’ own literature has long encouraged breastfeeding,” Norton said. “Millions of Americans visit federal sites across the country, not only here in the nation’s capital, making it essential that Congress ensures nursing mothers have access to designated private, hygienic lactation spaces. Congress should set the example in its own facilities for others around the country, especially public and private employers. I am grateful to my House and Senate colleagues for their strong support of my bill, including Senator Carper (D-DE), the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, who helped get this bill through the Senate. The bill now goes to the President’s desk, and I urge him to support nursing mothers and sign this bill into law.”