House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, may have made history by becoming the first woman to become Speaker, but she did no favors for her fellow female colleagues who long wanted a bathroom for themselves off the lower chamber’s floor. The AP is reporting:
House Speaker-to-be John Boehner is planning to install the first-ever women’s restroom next to the floor of the House of Representatives.
Boehner’s office says he’ll direct the Architect of the Capitol to convert an office into a ladies’ room just steps away from where lawmakers cast votes and debate legislation. It mirrors the space occupied by a men’s restroom on the other side of the House chamber.
Female members of the House have long complained that while their male colleagues can duck in and out of a men’s room right next to the chamber, their closest available restroom is much further away in the Congressional Women’s Reading Room, across the ornate Statuary Hall filled with sculptures of prominent Americans.