U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) took an unusual approach to overturning the Senate’s longstanding ban on babies appearing on the floor of the U.S. Senate in the Capitol.
To convince a group of older male colleagues, the senator recited a poem in the style of Dr. Seuss, she told a standing-room-only crowd at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. It went like this:
“She’s not going to change the diaper on the floor
She won’t be breastfeeding by the door
She’s not going to change the baby’s clothes in the house;
And she’ll be as quiet as a mouse,
She wont burp the baby at work;
Stop being such a jerk.”
The poem elicited wide laughter from the assembled audience at the breakfast on Wednesday.
“So that did it and we passed it,” said Klobuchar, noting that Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D – Ill.) in April became the first sitting senator to bring her baby to the floor after the rules change.
Klobuchar added that she was still optimistic about working with Republicans in a body which has increasingly become known for partisan contentiousness and dysfunction.
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Watch video of Sen. Klobuchar’s remarks above.
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Power Women Breakfast DC: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Amber Tamblyn and other industry leaders gather at the W Hotel on June 13